Man arrested for attack on sisters

2011-09-17 14:17

A man was arrested following the murder of an eight-year-old girl, and the stabbing and wounding of her sister in Grabouw this morning, Western Cape police said.

The sisters were sleeping in their aunt’s home in the Makhaza settlement when a neighbour entered through a window shortly after 3am, said Warrant Officer November Filander.

The younger sibling was stabbed to death. Her 12-year-old sister escaped with multiple wounds.

“It is believed the children were placed in the care of their 28-year-old aunt, who was drinking at a neighbour’s (house) across the road at the time of the incident,” said Filander. Their mother, a seasonal worker in Citrusdal, was also not there.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crime on a gravel road outside Grabouw around 9am.

“We believe he was on his way to a neighbouring farm. We also retrieved the murder weapon. The possibility that both victims were raped will form part of the investigation,” said Filander.

The man is expected to appear in the Grabouw Magistrates’ Court.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.