TWENTY-two-year-old Sicelo Mncwabe, from the Songonzima area, was arrested for allegedly murdering his mother with a bush knife on Sunday.He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court yesterday and remains in custody pending a bail application.Buyisile Mncwabe (57) was found in her bedroom, lying on her bed covered in blood at around 7.30 am by one of her other children. Her two-year-old granddaughter was beside her, unharmed, and had witnessed the entire ordeal.Mxolisi Mncwabe, who is Buyisile’s second son, told Echo that the family is extremely traumatised by the incident. He said his mother had shared the main house with his brother, saying: “My mother and my brother [Mncwabe] lived in the same house but slept in different bedrooms. My other siblings and I live in another house not so far from my mothers house [which is known as the main home]. “I always go to my mother’s house every morning to check if she is okay and have something to eat as well. “Every time I went to the house to check on my mother I would find her already awake and busy cleaning the house, but on Sunday that was not the case.“The door was closed but not locked. I noticed that my mother was not up yet, that is when I suspected something was wrong. “I went to check on her in the bedroom and I found her body lying in bed [with cuts on it]. Both her hands were about to fall off and she had injuries on the head and forehead. “Looking at her, it looked like a bush knife was used,” he said. A heartbroken Mxolisi said his two-year-old niece was awake and lying in the same pool of blood next to his mother when he got to the bedroom. “I went to check my brother’s room to see if he was there. Then I went back to remove my niece from the room. She started crying and told me what had taken place that night. She was crying hysterically.“I then called my family members and neighbours to come and see.“I am still traumatised by what I saw — I am still struggling to sleep at night because I have flashbacks. “What I saw I do not wish to happen to anyone, not even to my worst enemy.”The family described Buyisile as a quiet and loving person who did not like conflict. They told Echo that Mncwabe had never been violent towards his mother in the past, even if they argued.When Echo visited the home on Monday, family members were still washing the blood off the bed. They told Echo that they still could not believe that one of their own was brutally killed by her own son.Khumbulani Mncwabe, a family member, told Echo that Mncwabe has a history of mental illness and they believe that his struggle could be what tipped him over the edge and led to the incident.“He was in hospital two weeks ago because he had stabbed himself. He suffers from mental illness. At times he is calm and seems fine but suddenly he acts out. As a family we are devastated by this incident,” he said.