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NPA drops charges against Lady Frere woman who killed daughter's rapist

Oct 9, 2017
NPA drops charges against Lady Frere woman who killed daughter's rapist

There was joy in the Lady Frere Magistrate's Court and on social media on Monday morning after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided not to prosecute an Eastern Cape mother, nicknamed 'Mother Lioness' or 'Lion Mama', who allegedly stabbed her daughter's rapists and killing one.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, had been out on a R500 bail, since September when the incident happened. She had been charged with murder and attempted murder.

It is alleged that she found three men raping her 27-year-old daughter. When she intervened, the men tried to overpower her, but she fought back and killing one as well as wounding the other two.

The NPA on Monday told the court that they had decided not to proceed with the case as their chances of a successful prosecution were negligible.

The case has, thus been struck off the roll.

When the story about the woman broke, many South Africans took to social media - with many congratulating her for standing up and for protecting her family.

Others said they would have done the same and called on the courts to treate the case as self defense - given the number of violent sexual crimes perpetrated against women in South Africa each year.

A crowd funding campaign was also started to assist her with the legal fees should the court case drag on.

The surviving alleged rapists were also charged with rape and are awaiting trial.