A 34-year-old man is set to appear in court today (Weds) for allegedly hacking this beautiful South African woman to death with a knife and an axe.
Naledi Phangindawo, 25, was reportedly killed in KwaNonqaba in the city of Mossel Bay in the South African province of Western Cape while attending a cultural function.
The 34-year-old man gave himself up to the cops the following day at around 6pm and he is due to appear before a court in Mossel Bay on murder charges today (weds), according to local media.
Police spokesperson Malcolm Pojie said: “The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim attended a cultural function at a residence that is situated on Adriaan Avenue, KwaNonqaba, on Saturday evening when she was called outside where the suspect was waiting.
“Eyewitness reports reveal that the suspect attacked the victim with sharp objects described as a knife and an axe, without any warning.
“She was hacked all over her body, face and limbs.”
The suspect then fled the scene and Phangindawo died on the way to hospital.
A vigil was held outside her home on Tuesday night and mourners reportedly lit candles and sang hymns in the victim’s honour.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s police minister Bheki Cele has said that the country has seen a surge in murders since the COVID-19 lockdown ban on alcohol was lifted last week.
Cele said: “Until Monday 1st June, which is not an entirely dangerous day, for the first time since the lockdown, we got reports of 40 people killed.
“The next day there were 51 [murders] and there were 69 this past Sunday.
“That has now just gone up, including attempting murder… and violence against women.”
As well as Phangindawo, heavily-pregnant Tshegofatso Pule, 28, was reportedly found hanged from a tree in Roodepoort near Johannesburg on Monday.
Cele said: “It’s an issue that we raise as police and law enforcement that the [perpetrators] of the crimes are well known to the victims. By the look of things, both these ladies were killed by people known to them. I’m not confirming that – the investigations are ongoing.”
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