Limpopo MEC for Social Development Mme. Nkakareng Rakgoale has reacted with shock to the death of a 28 year old man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his girlfriend at Khujwana village outside Ritavi last night on Sunday, 01 November 2020 at about 20:00. Police say the incident happened after an argument allegedly ensued between the pair.
It is alleged that the deceased left home from Mokgoloboto village to visit his girlfriend at Khujwana village. Upon arrival, an argument ensued between the couple and the deceased allegedly started to assault the woman outside the house. Subsequently, the girlfriend allegedly took a sharp object and stabbed her boyfriend on his body.
The Police were summoned and on arrival at the scene of crime, the deceased was found lying in a pool of blood and later, he was declared dead still at the scene by the paramedics.
The woman was immediately apprehended and charged with murder. The motive behind this incident is not clear at this stage but domestic violence may not be ruled out.
“Members of the community are still advised and encouraged to consult with the local professionals in case of any social related problem, rather than resorting to violence and killing each other”, concluded General Ledwaba.
MEC Rakgoale says this incident is an indication that GBV is not only perpetrated against women and that it is important for couples who are facing challenges in their relationships, to approach social workers and to seek professional help other than resorting to violence.
“Our message to all people who are in relationships or families that are facing difficulties to always make sure that they seek professional assistance. We have social workers who are able to intervene and come up with peaceful solutions for couples who are facing challenges. Incidents of Gender Based Violence are indeed increasing at an alarming rate. We have dispatched a team of social workers to Mokgoloboto to start providing psychosocial support to the family of the victim and other affected parties.” said MEC Rakgoale.
MEC Rakgoale has sent her heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim. Police investigation still continues.