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Eastern Cape SAPS shocked by senseless shooting of elderly Tsomo women

Aug 24, 2017
Eastern Cape SAPS shocked by senseless shooting of elderly Tsomo women

"We are very shocked and angered by the senseless murder of two elderly women late last night in Tsomo. It is indeed sad to see that despite numerous awareness campaigns and interaction with communities regarding the safety of women and children, the SAPS is still called out to crime scenes where our elderly has been slain for no apparent reason," said Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, on Wednesday.

"It is indeed hitting hard to the core of humanity when it is difficult to fathom what could have possibly caused the brutal killing of the two women. We condemn this the strongest possible way and I therefore call on our rural communities to urgently come together with local Station Commanders and Community Police Forums. To discuss ways and means to assist each other to better protect our elderly women."

This follows after two elderly women, aged 65 and 67 years old, were shot and killed late on Tuesday night at Mdeni Locality by two unknown men posing as police officials from Pretoria.

"The suspects requested the first victim to accompany them to a nearby homestead," described police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills.

"On their arrival at this homestead, both victims were shot."

The motive for the shootings is not yet known and police investigations are underway.

"All avenues are being investigated by our detectives and any person with information are requested to please contact their nearest police station or Crime stop at 0860010111," said Brig Mills.