Woman murdered and body stashed in a freezer. A murder case has been opened by the South African Police Service (SAPS) after they discovered the lifeless body of an 80 year old woman stashed in the freezer in Pankop near Mmamethlake.
Her body was discovered on Monday 12 October 2020 by the woman’s neighbor. It has been reported that the deceased woman stayed with her 10 year old grandson and a caregiver who was employed to take care of her.
“On Monday, the young boy came back from school only to find that there was nobody at home. He realised that the door to the house was wide open but the burglar door was locked. He then began to ask neighbours of the whereabouts of his granny and the caregiver.
“While searching, the neighbours became suspicious when they noticed a coffee table, gas stove and a TV set on top of the freezer. They removed the items and discovered the lifeless body of the elderly woman inside the freezer,” said SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.
The neighbours then offered to help in the search of the boys grandmother. The family was also notified about her disappearance. The police and medical personnel were summoned to the scene and she was declared dead. A case of murder was opened and a manhunt for the killer was launched.
“The police appeal to the woman, named MmaThato, to immediately go to the nearest police station as they believe she can assist in the investigation. Members of the public who know her whereabouts, are urged to contact Det-Capt Solomon Moshime at 082 065 1355 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111,” said Mdhluli.
“All information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.” This is the second time an incident like this has taken place this year, according to the police.
In March, a 91-year-old woman was heavily assaulted by a caregiver who was employed to look after her. “After the incident, the 45-year-old suspect fled and the matter was brought to the attention of the police, who opened a case of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (GBH). The suspect, believed to be from Lesotho, was traced and arrested in Pretoria,” said Mdhluli.
The 45-year-old was set to appear before the Mbibana magistrate’s court on Friday for a formal bail application. Police have strongly spoken up against the incident as well as other malicious attacks on senior citizens, saying these incidents “once again show a serious moral decay in society”.