The brutal murder of a 95-year-old has sent shock waves through a small village. Gogo Masebutswe Madihlaba was found on Tuesday afternoon in a pool of blood, with her throat slit, at her home in Stebong Village, outside Jane Furse in Limpopo.
The gogo’s grieving son, Richard (51) said her body was discovered by headman Zamo Nkosi, who was very close to his mum.
“When Zamo didn’t see my mum for a few days, he decided to break down the door and that was when he discovered the body. No one had heard her screaming during the murder,” said Richard.
Gogo Masebutswe’s throat had been slit and she had open wounds to her stomach and left hand.
“Even if we find out who the killer is, we won’t take revenge. We just want to see the police arrest whoever did this,” said Richard.
An emotional neighbour, Modikeng Mashabela, said she would miss gogo’s stories about the old days.
“She knew about life. She would always give you the right advice.
“The killer must have known what he was doing. Why didn’t we hear her screaming? The police must arrest the killer and he must rot in jail,” said crying Modikeng.
Police spokeswoman Constable Magdalene Malatjie said the police were called to the scene after the body was discovered.
“It’s believed a sharp object was used to cut the gogo’s throat. When she was found, the blood was dry, which makes us believe she was killed a few days earlier,” she said.
Malatjie said a case of murder was opened but no arrests had been made yet. “We appeal to anyone who might have information to phone 0800 10111,” she said.