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Shirley Hasssan was allegedly shot and killed on her way to work on Thursday morning. Photo: Pixabay.

Police to question hospitalised man about murder of his girlfriend and her grandmother

Community members hunted down the boyfriend after the bodies of his 17-year-old girlfriend and her grandmother were discovered. They told police the man stabbed himself with a knife before handing him over.

man suspect murder zama-zamas

Shirley Hasssan was allegedly shot and killed on her way to work on Thursday morning. Photo: Pixabay.

A 32-year-old man is currently under police guard in a Mpumalanga hospital while the police wait to question him about the alleged murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend and her grandmother, 63. The women were killed in Emandamini near Ermelo on Monday, 5 September.


The grandmother’s employer reportedly contacted the victim’s family after she failed to show up for work on Monday.

Family members arrived at the house and found the doors locked. Neighbours had no idea where the women were and phone calls went unanswered.

“The granddaughter’s boyfriend is said to have been contacted to give family members the house keys but he reportedly denied any knowledge of the keys.

“When asked about the whereabouts of his girlfriend, he allegedly mentioned that his girlfriend was in hospital as she indicated that she was not feeling well,” said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.


Family members reportedly broke into the house at approximately 18:00. They found the dead bodies of the women. They were covered with blankets and both had injuries and bruises all over.

The community allegedly launched a manhunt for the boyfriend as they hoped he would be able to shed light on the situation. He was eventually tracked down at 2:00 on Tuesday and handed over to the police.

“He sustained some injuries and community members alleged that he stabbed himself with a knife. Police then apprehended him for questioning, hence placed under police guard in hospital so that he could give clarity and information that may assist in the investigation,” said Mohlala.

The Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, condemned the gruesome murder of the women.

“We continue to experience senseless killings of the vulnerable groups and in this instance, it is a female senior citizen as well as a female minor. This is a matter of concern however police will work hard to get to the bottom of this where any person who is behind their murder will have to face the full might of the law. A team of investigators has been assembled to investigate and we hope that they will make a breakthrough soon,” said Manamela.