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Family brutally attacked while sleeping in their Limpopo home

While a mother and her son were allegedly shot, Limpopo police say the 31-year-old daughter was allegedly taken away and raped.

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A family of three were brutally attacked in their home in Limpopo on Friday 6 November 2020. According to police, a 58-year-old woman by the name of Johanna Mogata was fatally shot. Her 21-year-old son was also shot while her 31-year-old daughter was allegedly raped. 

Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has established a special Task Team to track down the suspect who attacked the family while they were sleeping at Moteti C village in the Dennilton Policing area outside Groblersdal.  

“The Task Team is led by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for the Detectives, Major General Samuel Manala and all the necessary and available resources have been mobilized to implement the 72-hour Activation Plan towards the apprehension of the suspect,” said Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. 


According to Ngoepe, the family was asleep when the suspect held the trio hostage. The daughter was allegedly threatened with a sharp instrument to leave the house with him, which she complied.

“Subsequently, the mother followed the suspect and the daughter but he took out a firearm and shot her several times throughout her body to death. Her son tried to intervene but was also shot but he managed to run for his safety with gunshot wounds,” said Ngoepe. 

“Afterwards, the suspect dragged the daughter to a secluded area and raped her before fleeing the scene,” added Ngoepe. 

The suspect involved in this matter is still unknown and there is no arrest. 

Anyone with information that can assist the police to arrest the suspect involved in this matter, may contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane on 079-894-5501 or Captain Elias Mashigoane on 083-363-9599 or 013-983-0161 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

Police investigations and a manhunt are still underway. 


In a separate incident, a man who had a quarrel with his neighbour in Limpopo, “accidentally” killed her baby who was just seven-months-old. 

Ngoepe said the man was arrested a day after the incident, in which he allegedly fought with the child’s mother and aunt before returning home to retrieve a pick axe. 

“The police in Giyani have made a breakthrough by arresting a suspect who killed a seven-month-old baby at Thomo village under Giyani policing area,” said Ngoepe. 

“It is alleged that on Monday 2 November 2020 the suspect had a quarrel with his neighbours about their kids. During the fight, the suspect went back to his home to fetch a pick handle. Thereafter, he went back to his neighbour to continue with the fight. That is when the suspect used the pick handle to assault the mother of the victim”. 

“Unfortunately the female victim was carrying the baby. The suspect assaulted the toddler accidentally,” added Ngoepe.