The 27-year-old suspect Maria Mapula Malatjie arrested by the Police in Haenertsburg outside Tzaneen after she allegedly murdered her boyfriend at a farm in the Ebenezer area, on 20 February 2021 at about 02:30 has today, on 22 February 2021 appeared before the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court.
The case was postponed to 26 February 2021 for formal bail application and for further Police investigations.
The deceased, aged 41 was allegedly inside the room with his girlfriend at the compound when they started to have an argument. Unexpectedly, the suspect produced a sharp object and stabbed him.
Afterwards, the victim managed to go out of the room and screamed for help when he fell on the ground and succumbed to his injuries.
The local community heard someone screaming and came out of their houses and found the deceased lying in a pool of blood. Subsequently, the suspect was overpowered by one of the community members and the instrument used for the murder was also confiscated.
The Police were summoned with the Medical Emergency Services, the victim was certified dead at the scene and the suspect was arrested immediately. The motive behind this incident is believed to be domestic violence.
The Police investigations are still ongoing.