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    Youth arrested after his mother’s body found

    February 3, 2021


    An Eastern Cape youth was arrested after his mother’s body was found hacked to death in a village near Konga on Tuesday morning. 

    A 21-year-old was arrested after his mother’s body was found in Mooiplaas

    Horrified villagers say the woman, 43, had argued with her son, 21, over money.  

    Eastern Cape police spokesperson Col Sibongile Soci said police were alerted to an incident at about 10.15 am and rushed to Sotho location in Mooiplaas. On arrival, they found the body of a woman with stab wounds.

    “The motive for the murder is unknown and forms part of the investigation. A suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He will appear in the East London magistrate’s court on February 4,” Soci said.

    Community member Khaliphile Mahlanyana believes the motive was money for drugs. “This started when his mother gave him R5,000 to buy clothes. A week later he received his R350 Covid-19 relief grant, but he demanded more money from her which is when she gave him another R500.”

    The son bought toiletries “and drugs”, Mahlanyana said, adding the youth was believed to be a drug addict. He said the woman had previously called police when her son allegedly threatened her with a knife and that the community had advised her to get a protection order against the man, but she did not pursue this path. 

    *Adapted from an original article that appeared in Daily Dispatch Live.

     

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