Sanco condemns axe attack on 85-year-old-woman

2018-01-19 16:42

East London – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has condemned the "heinous" and "ghastly" murder of an 85-year-old woman who was hacked to death with an axe at Candu village in Dutywa, Eastern Cape.

Silvia Thandiwe Dyasi was attacked by a balaclava-clad man in her home while she was with a relative at about 20:50 on Thursday night, police said on Friday.

ALSO READ: Eastern Cape woman, 85, hacked to death with an axe

"We wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible the heinous, as well as ghastly act, and convey our condolences to the family that lost their loved one in such a gruesome manner in the sanctuary of her home," said Jabu Mahlangu, Sanco spokesperson.

He said no stone should be left unturned in the quest to put the man responsible for Dyasi's murder behind bars.

He called on members of the public to assist police in their investigations.

Died instantly

"The heartless murderer must be arrested before more lives are lost," he stressed.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the woman died instantly after she was hacked with an axe.

"The suspect ran away after murdering the deceased," he said.

ALSO READ: Centurion man seriously injured in axe attack

Dutywa police are investigating a murder case.

Butterworth cluster commander Brigadier Trevor Mey condemned the murder of "an old defenceless woman".

Manatha urged anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to contact investigating officer Detective Sergeant Patrick Mthwa on 078 594 7850 or Dutywa police on 047 489 1333.

Read more on:    east london  |  crime

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.

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.