Mother beaten with brick

2008-04-22 00:00

A 42-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death with a brick, allegedly by a family member who is apparently a senior teacher in Inchanga, while her three children were asleep in their Northdale home on Monday night.

A 53-year-old man, who is believed to be a head of department at the Fredville Primary School, was arrested shortly after the murder of Betty Ntsalane, a student of social science at Unisa.

Her children, aged 15, 12, and seven, were taken by social workers to a place of safety yesterday morning, and are currently receiving counselling.

“It is alleged that an argument took place between the victim and the suspect, which resulted in an altercation, and she was allegedly assaulted with a brick on her head and face,” said police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan. Ntsalane died later in hospital.

“The motive for the incident would appear to be domestic related.”

Jeevan said the arrested man will appear in court shortly.

The children, who attend schools in Northdale, have been referred to the Children’s Advocacy Centre for counselling. The Social Development Department said it will keep them until it locates close relatives of the children who are believed to be in Matatiele.

When The Witness visited Belfort Estate, Northdale, bloodstains on the verandah of Ntsalane’s home were evidence of the brutal assault that took place inside the house.

Neighbours said they did not hear anything at about midnight, the time at which the assault took place.

“I only learnt that the lady was dead when social workers came to collect the children in the morning,” said one neighbour.

“Their children would play in their yard, in my yard and on the street. I know that the man is a teacher somewhere in Cato Ridge. We would greet each other and talk a little,” said the neighbour.

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