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Elderly couple murdered in Mplumalanga

2011-12-18 16:00

Johannesburg - A 75-year-old man and his wife have been murdered at their home in Masibekela in Tonga, Mpumalanga police said on Sunday.

A neighbour found the decomposed bodies lying on the bedroom floor around 21:00 on Saturday, spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said.

"The bodies had open wounds on the heads as if they had been hacked with an axe," he said.

"The intruders gained entry into the house after breaking the front door open."

Hlathi said the house had been ransacked but interim investigations could not reveal if something was stolen.

He said the couple was last seen on Wednesday by their neighbour who found them dead.

"Their neighbour became worried when she did not see them for two days, and went to the house to check."

The age of the dead woman was not immediately available.

Two murder dockets were opened.

Comments
  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-18 16:11

    really sad and uncalled for

      Mike - 2011-12-18 16:48

      Yep, I'm sure two people in their 70's presented a real physical threat to whoever broke in. Just another example of gratuitous violence which was completely uncalled for. Perpetrators like this deserve NO compassion or leniency. They should be exterminated like the rabid dogs that they are.

      Jack - 2011-12-18 17:27

      When last did you hear a white killing a black? I ask, what will the ancestors think of these thugs? Will they congratulate or detest their hideous acts?

      emile.eley - 2011-12-18 18:19

      Jack we are all appalled by these killings. Please don't racialise the issue. We are all in the same boat.

      John - 2011-12-26 08:05

      This is very wrong....75-year-old man and his wife had been hacked with an axe. For what in the hell they been killed for? Sick...very Sick.

  • christo.stone - 2011-12-18 16:15

    How pathetic are these criminals? I'm all for human rights, but if you kill someone you do not deserve to live so please bring back the death penalty!

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-18 17:05

      These down thumbers, are clear murderers and rapists! Not human!

      Ian - 2011-12-18 17:16

      i dont think they know what a thumbs down is they are so stupid

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-18 16:21

    This is tragic. The level of anger is appalling - is it drug driven or caused by pollution? We need to know

      Sithando - 2011-12-18 16:29

      I think it's colour driven,it seems to be the theme of this country.

      Ben - 2011-12-18 16:36

      I am not so sure about colour, news reports never say.

      Mike - 2011-12-18 16:41

      On Google earth Masibekela looks like it could be a township so the colour of the victims may have nothing to contribute.

      Sithando - 2011-12-18 16:57

      Oh mike there is no colour in the townships now,get over yourself you hairy s

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-18 17:07

      @Mike. It happened in Tonga! is either or. More than likely the or!

      Ianm - 2011-12-18 17:13

      Sithando Probably not colour driven. Maybe culture and idiocy together drive it

      Mike - 2011-12-18 17:24

      @Sithando: If "there is no colour in the townships" why do you make the first remark about it being colour -driven? I was merely trying to point out that we do not know if there was a difference in colour between the victims and perpetrators. Or is that too convoluted for you to figure out.And as a victim that has 'been there and got the t-shirt and thankfully, after 72 hrs in ICU survived, don't you dare tell me to 'get over myself'!

      John - 2011-12-26 08:13

      @ Mike Dear Mike, Sithando wants to know the meaning of convoluted. Please advice.

  • Ben - 2011-12-18 16:21

    The death penalty will never be brought back, but as most criminals hate to work, why not re-introduce hard labour into jails. If that is so inhuman why do law-abiding citizens have to work?

      Ianm - 2011-12-18 17:07

      You've got a good point. Hard labour for murder. Yes

      jeremy002 - 2011-12-19 06:17

      The death penalty will be re-instated. Wait and see.

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-18 16:24

    I wish the government could allow us to vote on the return of the death penalty. This is outrageous...

      Sithando - 2011-12-18 16:37

      Death penalty is a legal in America but people are still hacking each other there.What is the point of it anyway? in a country with such a useless legal system. firstly the police cannot collect a clean forensic sample let alone knowing that they should collect one. TheY are failing to sentence Jub Jub who was caught in a crime seen, what about A death sentence? Yeh? who is going to be killed? the poor and the innocent? tell me.

      Ianm - 2011-12-18 17:10

      Sithando So you shoot down the return of the death sentence because of bad policing. Two alternatives: vigilantes or let them continue killing. You choose

      Sean - 2011-12-18 17:13

      @ Smanga Zwane-Would be interesting to see how many poeple would vote for or against the death penalty ?

      Mike - 2011-12-18 17:41

      @ Sithando:"Death penalty is a legal" Do you mean 'illegal'? or a legal (way of killing people?) If,as you say, the legal system is useless, then the way to start to fix it has to go back to the basics. (a la New York several years ago) I do not think that prison is a deterant as the quality of life of so many people here( especially unemployed) is so poor. Prison could be at least 3 meals a day and a roof that does not leak.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-18 18:25

      I have always believed that the only way to combat crime is a zero tolerance approach. Experience reveals how many crimes have been prevented/exposed by the humble traffic stop. But for as long as our law enforcement agencies employ people who regard their jobs purely as a means to pay bills, this horrific trend will continue. It's time to stop the platitudes and start enforcing the law. These criminal bastards don't give a damn about human rights until they get caught.

      jeremy002 - 2011-12-19 06:25

      @Sithando - the USA is a federation. Capital punishment varies from state to state. In recent years the death penalty has spred to more states. It is growing. The main problem lies in the the methods employed and the systems. A person can be on death row for 15 to 20 years pending appeal on appeal on appeal and other legal issues. In the meantime the liberal media gets full mileage and spreads all sorts of anti death penalty misinformation and the public gets all soft. Where it is correctly done in other parts of the world, the condemned is given only about 3 months to appeal, the case is heard quickly, time is given to get one's matters in order, and the axe falls. Finnish and klaar.

      Marc57 - 2011-12-19 08:55

      Sitando, you are right - they do have the death sentence in USA but not all states. However, capital crime are generally lower in states with the death sentence (markedly so for instance in Texas)for the decade ended 2010. Their deaths by homocide are still far lower than our figures per 100,000.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-18 16:29

    In this last week, 4 people I know and have regular contact with have been victims of crime, not just petty crime, but serious gun-related for 2 of them. I have never felt so unsafe. We have 180 000 police officers, and still we read dreadful stories like this. There is no protection here. We surround ourselves with burglar bars, electric fences, alarm systems, armed response and dogs, and still it happens. There is no solution.

      Ianm - 2011-12-18 17:11

      Vigilantes

      emile.eley - 2011-12-18 18:28

      Sadly there is a solution. And sadly it involves ditching the liberal human rights ethos and kicking ass. But it is unfashionable and there will be a huge outcry from our so-called civil society organisations. I have lost a good friend who was needlessly hijacked, tortured and brutally slain. The time for talking is past.

      jeremy002 - 2011-12-19 06:27

      @emile - well said brother.

  • Larry - 2011-12-18 16:37

    Deepest condolences. Bad enough throughout the Year, but seems worse at this time.

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-18 20:12

    People please we need DEATH PENALTY in South Africa, l am sick and tired of reading about the people who chop other people, it is not wright at all.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-19 07:31

    What are you doing about this Mr President?

      comurray - 2011-12-19 09:29

      Nothing as usual, too busy with KFC,Johnny blue and overseas shopping sprees.

  • Azurite - 2011-12-19 07:53

    South Africa....land of the savages....

  • comurray - 2011-12-19 09:26

    As we cannot have a death penalty why not introduce a HARD labour chain gang force(like in USA)for murderers, rapists and child/women abuse. These thugs would be forced to sweat for 8 hours a day without respite. This is probably a better sentence as death is far too quick.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-26 08:39

    How can anyone do this sort of thing and then just walk away and carry on with life? The evil in man is just mind-blowing ...

  • Roslyn - 2011-12-26 09:39

    I WONDER IF THE POLICE HAVE BEEN INFORMED YET? IF NOT,GET HOLD OF THE Douglasdale Police Station...o, not them, I FORGOT, THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A Station Commander..

  • Virginia - 2012-02-24 14:36

    Mike - I have never ever heard of dogs, rabid or not, using an axe to kill people. Please - we are dealing with humans here. Humans doing this to other humans - there were no animals whatsoever involved!!!

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