Community knew he was 'torturing' her - Gauteng man accused of murdering wife had abusive history

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A 56-year-old man was arrested for allegedly murdering his 53-year-old wife at their Ga-Rankuwa home.
A 56-year-old man was arrested for allegedly murdering his 53-year-old wife at their Ga-Rankuwa home.
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  • A 56-year-old man allegedly murdered his 53-year-old wife at their home in Ga-Rankuwa on Tuesday evening.
  • Police said the man had called police to report that his wife had been robbed and murdered, but after investigations, police identified him as the suspect.
  • Community members and friends claimed the man had a history of abusing his wife and children.

Members of the Ga-Rankuwa community say a 56-year-old man who allegedly murdered his wife at their home in Tshwane had a history of being an abuser.

On Tuesday evening, the man called police to say that his 53-year-old wife had been robbed and murdered in their home.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said:

Police proceeded to the scene and called the paramedics that certified the woman dead after she was found with head injuries.

Despite claims of a robbery, police identified the husband as the suspect, and arrested him following a preliminary investigation.

Masondo told News24 that the man's daughter was believed to have been the first to find her mother's body after she returned home, but she was allegedly locked in the house by her father.

According to a friend of the daughter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, she noticed something was wrong after her friend started posting WhatsApp updates asking for help, and for someone to call the police.

One of the updates, which News24 had seen, said that she had found her mother in a pool of blood.

The friend said she had rushed to the house with two other residents, but could not get in as the gate was locked.

She said: 

I tried calling out her name, but she was just crying out loud.

The daughter then screamed out to her friend, begging her to come into the house.

The father also told her to come in, but community members advised the girl not to enter the house.

The friend said she then called the police, and while waiting, residents had gathered around the house.

Residents told News24 that the community was angry and wanted to take the law into their own hands.

However, cooler heads prevailed, and police could move in and arrest the father.

History of abuse

According to a community member, who wanted to remain anonymous, it was well known that the man used to abuse his wife.

"They (the community) knew that this man had been torturing his wife," the resident claimed.

She added that the abuse had been going on for years.

The daughter's friend corroborated the allegations, claiming that the man was known for abusing his wife.

She told News24 that the daughter had told her that things at home were not good, and that her father had been abusing her mother and the children.

The man is expected to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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