Limpopo boy, 15, arrested for allegedly stabbing friend's mother to death

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A teen has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman.
A teen has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman.
André Damons
  • A teenager has been arrested for allegedly killing a 34-year-old woman.
  • The victim was stabbed to death at her home on Monday afternoon.
  • According to police, the deceased's son and the accused are friends.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Limpopo for allegedly stabbing his friend's mother to death.

The teenager was arrested on the scene on Monday afternoon after allegedly killing Phathutshedzo Nemalumani, 34, at her home in Tshakhuma Diambele village.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Nemalumani arrived home from work at about 14:50 and called her mother to enquire about the house keys.

"She was reportedly directed to where the keys were," Mojapelo said.

Her 15-year-old son later found Nemalumani lying in a pool of blood in the house after he had arrived home from school.

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Mojapelo said:

The suspect, who was also present in the house, allegedly started chasing the deceased's son out of the premises. His (the victim's son) frantic screams alerted the neighbours, who came to his rescue.

"The police were called, and the suspect was arrested in the yard. It is not clear at this stage how the suspect entered the house. The motive for the incident has also not yet been determined, but housebreaking cannot be ruled out," added Mojapelo.

Mojapelo said the suspect will be processed in accordance with the Child Justice Act.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has called for "proper and adequate parenting" to minimise incidents of this nature.

The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

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