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Man arrested for brutally axing an elderly woman and her granddaughter to death

APRIL 22, 2017
Man arrested for brutally axing an elderly woman and her granddaughter to death

A 38-year-old Centane man is expected in court on Monday after he was arrested by Centane police for allegedly killing a 72-year-old woman and her two-year-old granddaughter.

"It is alleged that the suspect, who was armed with an axe went to the homestead of the victims where he allegedly accosted them in a clandestine manner," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"The attack took place on Friday, at about 12:00, at Khabakazi Village, Centane."

Captain Manatha said that the deceased were alone at their home during the attack.

"Both of them suffered upper body injuries. They died at the scene.

"The motive for the murders is not clear at this point in time," he added.

"Centane police acted swiftly and arrested the suspect."

He will appear before the Centane Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of murder. 

The 72-year-old grandmother was identified as Nowentile Mkhosana.

Butterworth Cluster Commander, Brigadier Trevor Mey, condemned the murders of defenceless elderly women and children.

He praised Centane police for their expeditious actions, which led to the arrest of the suspect.

The murder comes just as the Eastern Cape SAPS held a successful imbizo on crime awareness at Taleni Village, Dutywa, on Friday. Communities members were warned not to commit crime.