Mother chops off head of disabled son

In Lebowakgomo, authorities are investigating the motive behind the murder of an 18-year-old boy who was wheelchair-bound. The boy’s mother, aged 48, has been arrested for allegedly dismembering his head, a horrifying act as described by provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

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The incident took place in Leshikishiki village within the Lebowakgomo policing area, according to police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.

“A report was lodged at around 13:00 on Friday afternoon and upon arrival, the police found the decapitated body of an 18-year-old man in his wheelchair with his head on the ground next to a local tavern,” his statement read.

Ledwaba said no people were found on the scene.

“Police commenced with initial investigations and the deceased’s mother was located. Subsequent to thorough investigation, she was positively linked to the murder of her son and arrested,” he said.

A knife was seized at the scene, allegedly used by the suspect to cut the victim’s head off.

Hadebe said she is deeply shocked.

“This is a heartbreaking incident that has deeply affected our community and the SAPS family. While the police are duty-bound to protect and serve the public, parents have a critical role to play to nurture and protect their children. The law will take its course without fear or favour,” she said.

A case of murder has been opened and the suspect is expected to appear before the Thabamoopo Magistrate’s Court in due course.


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