Last updated on 2021-09-21
An inquest and murder case is being investigated following the grisly killing of a woman by a traditional healer in Tshelammake village, Ga-Seleka, outside Lephalale.
Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed Modise Maluleke (56) allegedly bludgeoned Elizabeth Mokau (59), to death with a wood and then set her body in a flame fueled by firewood and tyres
Brigadier said Maluleke died during the scuffle with the police.
According to Brigadier Mojapelo, the drama unfolded on Friday, September 9, 2021, at 12 p.m., when police received a call from Tshelammake village reporting a man assaulting a woman in his house.
“Upon arrival, they found a man wearing animal skins, wielding a spear, panga, and an axe. He wouldn’t let them in. Instead, he threatened to kill the police if they ever attempted to enter his premises. It was at this point that police forced entry into the house, believing he locked the victim inside. The suspect then attempted to stab the police with the spear, and they ended up using the shotgun to overcome his resistance, “said police spokesperson.
While outside on the veranda, they realised the suspect wasn’t breathing.
Brigadier Mojapelo said police summoned the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and other role players to the scene.
IPID conducts independent, impartial investigations into suspected criminal offenses committed by police.
Brigadier Mojapelo said Makau and Maluleke were not lovers, adding that the woman was consulting a traditional healer.
Villagers believe Mokau is a Botswana citizen, and she was performing household chores at the traditional healer’s house while receiving treatment.
Limpopo Social Development MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale has denounced the barbaric murder of Mokau by a traditional healer.
The MEC has urged members of the community and civil society to join hands in the fight against Gender Base Violence and Femicide.
As part of the Campangn, the MEC requested that the community and civil society join hands.
“The attacks on women and children won’t stop until everyone in society agrees. You can’t have a trusted person doing what he has done to the victim. The Department of Social Development Department and that of Transport and Communications Safety are working together to fight against attacks on the vulnerable people of society. We referred the matter to our social workers in the area to offer support to the family of the victims, “said Rakgoale.
Meanwhile, the community of Ga-Seleka is reeling in shock after learning of the grisly murder of an elderly woman by a traditional healer, Maluleke, whom she went to consult at his house.
According to villagers, Maluleke started acting strangely three days before he killed Mokau.
They said Maluleke was driving around with his tractor, threatening to kill his family members in Ga-Seleka village, but the first one alerted others to lock their gates.
“He was cracking a whip outside their gates, while brandishing an axe and spear, threatening to kill his relatives and family members if they didn’t let him in their homes. He also threatened to kill them with manmade lighting if they continue consulting traditional healers, “said members of the community.
Brigadier Mojapelo said the family confirmed the man [Maluleke] was mentally unstable.