Three die in domestic violence stabbings

14 February 2018  Read: 88


The police in Mopani are investigating several murder cases linked to family violence. The police have issued a warning about such activities as they are on the rise.  

Police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe said such incidents are on the rise and people should refrain from violence and instead seek professional help.

This followed after a man from Mokwakwaila village in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM), upon finding his wife with another man in his house, stabbed the woman to death. He later locked the four children in the house before setting it alight and then locked himself in his vehicle which he also set alight. The four children were saved by neighbours who noticed the house on fire.

A man from Elim was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his wife, after he caught her with another man in his house. Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe added that in another incident also on Sunday, a woman was arrested by the police in Maake after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend with a knife after the man was found with another woman.

In another stabbing related incident, lessons were affected on Wednesday last week at Phusela high school when it is alleged that a pupil stabbed a classmate with a knife. It is reported that a teacher was busy working when she was interrupted, and war ensued in the classroom. A pupil was stabbed and reported dead the following day. The suspects appeared at the Naphuno magistrate court on Monday.

Ngoepe said the police are appealing to community members to stop engaging in family violence activities and, should seek the help of social workers, pastors and traditional leaders in their communities.

— Jan Mafetsa



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