Alarm over attacks on elderly in KZN

2012-10-24 09:53

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal mayor says attacks on elderly women in the province are becoming a disturbing trend, after a woman was found brutally murdered in her house at St Chad’s in Ladysmith on Sunday morning.

Qeda Sithole, 75, who lived alone, was found badly beaten. Her left eye was gouged out of its socket and it is believed that she was raped.

Locals also found that she had been violated with a vegetable.

A handbag, money and ID book were stolen from the house.

Attempts to speak to Sithole’s family were unsuccessful.

No arrests were made and Ezakheni police are investigating a murder case.


Emnambithi/Ladysmith Mayor Vincent Madlala said a neighbour had gone to check on Sithole and discovered the gruesome scene.

Madlala said the rape and murder of elderly women was becoming a trend that needed urgent attention.

“We have noted with concern young people on a crusade to rape and murder our mothers and grandmothers. We have also noted that this is a provincial trend and we believe that those involved are driven by woonga, dagga and other drugs before they commit these heinous crimes. How else do you explain the mental state of someone who rapes and shoves a butternut up his mother’s private parts?

“Something has gone terribly wrong with the youth of today and we need to act promptly. They don’t have a conscience,” said Madlala.

The mayor, who became emotional when speaking to The Witness, said his municipality was planning to engage other stakeholders, including the social welfare department, to craft a way forward in creating a safe environment for elderly people.

“First we need to create a platform for communities to share ideas on how to deal with this matter. Then we will engage relevant government departments and share ideas on how to protect our senior citizens,” he said.

Other cases

On Monday, The Witness reported that an elderly couple were hanged at kwaSwayimane.

About two weeks ago, an 84-year-old woman was repeatedly raped by her granddaughter’s boyfriend in the area, but fortunately she lived to tell the tale.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said since there was no sign of a trend that elderly women were being targeted, all murders are treated the same.

Simnikiwe Biyela, director of trauma, rape and HIV counselling services at LifeLine, said the rape of elderly women was shocking and heartbreaking, and a signal of how severe the moral degeneration was in communities.

“Respect and care for the elderly was one of the things South Africans were proud of in the past. But these repeated rape incidents clearly indicate that the spirit of Ubuntu is gone in our communities. Rape perpetrators are always looking for easy targets,” said Biyela.

She urged people to report the abuse of elderly citizens.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-24 10:13

    Catch them and put them in Solitary Confinement for the rest of their lives. never allow them to see the light of day again, No tv, no education,no books, no visitors, they are all killers, and as there is no death sentence here in S.A. then treat them like the parasites that they are.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-10-24 13:32

      In addition to what you said no food either!!!

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-10-24 10:21

    how many should get raped before you regard it as a trend mr jay naicker?...what an idiot for a spokesperson....most of our youth are disfunctional and yes I'm blaming the anc for dare you give kids rights...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-24 11:02

      @Sekwati..'how dare you give kids rights' you hit the nail on its head. Parents, teachers and the community is to scared to disciplin these kids cause of ALL their rights.

  • Partiboy - 2012-10-24 10:24

    Bring back the death penalty

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-10-24 13:34

      Which death penalty the noose,firing squad? why allow these bastards the easy way out when their death can be a horrendous,and excruciating one set these f-----s alight in a prison courtyard and watch them burn to death extra crispy.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-24 10:44

    made in KZN proudly Zulu

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-24 11:03

    Most of the youth today have absolutely no scrupples!! But then look at the LEADER of our country - HE geta away with virtually anything~!!! What an example our leadership sets!!!!!!

  • vuledzani.vule.5 - 2012-10-24 11:46

    young people of this country,what got into us,what have we become,realy this is disgusting,AS A nation we need to do soul searching,what is going on??people behaving like animals,people's life bcoming worthless,kids raping their own grand mothers,with tears on my eyes,what is this,where are we heading as a nation,where is the future of this country when young people are behaving like this haaai khona maan!!!!!

      Msika - 2012-10-24 13:23

      I feel you my man, I feel you...

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-10-24 13:37

      Some of them are not even people as they lost the underlying fundemental capacity in which to be considered human, that being said I dont believe such bastards deserve human rights.

  • bart.henderson.5 - 2012-10-24 12:56


      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-10-24 13:42

      Why insult the beautiful wonders of creation? -A dog=mans best friend -A Cow=helpless yet nourishing sourcee of rich nutrition -A Pig=not the cleanest of the lot yet just rolls about in mud minding his own business till he ends up on our Sunday braai. -A Chicken=Africas largest source of protein, all this fowl does is peck at crumbs lying about. -Horse=here is one fine magnificent beast, for centuries man has endured friendship and loyalty only to be rivalled by a dog. -A Cat=Makes every ladies heart crumble with every purr. A vile excuse of creation=someone that rapes an old granny before murdering her, none of our lovely friends in the animal kingdom would stoop that low.

  • maronza.tshabalala - 2012-10-24 14:20

    I have a soluttion that might deter would be rapists although it will not stop this savgerly entirely. All the men of the village from the age 16 should go for a blood test (DNA determination). The police should issue a standard letter to every household that all the men in that household go and do a test voluntaruky as part of the investigation. The Local health office should keep a blood bank of all the residents. All those who do not go and test voluntarily become the suspects whose blood will then be sent to the lab due to the cost factor. Questions should also be asked that will also subject some to qualify for DNA testing such as contracdictions in their alibis. This way all criminals in the area will have their profiles ready and easy to investigate. These bastards know that investigations in rural areas is almost non-existent.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-24 14:28

    So this Gogo struggled ALL her life (yes, 18 years ago she was already 57) to give her children and their children a better life than what she knew, and THIS is how they say thank you?

  • mikaelapace - 2012-10-24 19:08

    I URGE everyone to have a look at this amazing initiative, The Victim Support Network. It's a non-profit initiative available for all South Africans - victims or not - to benefit by sharing news, stories, advice, etc. Check them out on Facebook and give them a Like if you like what they stand for :)

  • teresavh - 2012-11-16 16:36

    Crime will NEVER be stopped in this country!! Bring back the death penalty... and an eye for an eye!! That's the way to go! The so called Police Force is a joke!!

  • Armand Mynhardt-Joubert - 2013-03-24 14:42

    Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker are you blind or don't you rread teh news as this is sickening and you are to stupid or blind to see the truth. "No trend my ass". This is out of control and you are to lazy to do something about it or is it a case of " It is not my Job". I read news24 and other media every day and every day there is a rape or murder story. Get some ball and start doing your jobs. The

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