Civilian member of the SAPS brutally murdered allegedly by her partner, police arrest a male suspect

NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela strongly condemned an incident in which a 43-year-old-woman, who was employed as an Admin Clerk in the SAPS, was brutally murdered allegedly by her partner at Esizamelini in Wakkerstroom. Her lifeless body was reportedly discovered on 20 June 2022 around 08h00 am.

According to the information received, on the said day, a 13-year-old boy went to his bedroom, where he discovered the lifeless body of a woman known to him as a neighbour, in his bed. He then informed an adult who immediately reported the matter to the police as well as the emergency medical personnel.

Upon their arrival, she was unfortunately certified dead by the paramedics at the scene. A murder case was then opened and investigated by the police.

The investigation thus far revealed that the suspect was last seen with the slain woman as he reportedly visited her.

A manhunt was launched for the suspect who was reportedly last seen with the victim at the said house.

The suspect, aged 34, was arrested and charged with murder and is expected to appear at the Wakkestroom Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 June 2022, facing the said charges. At this stage the motive for the killing is unknown.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the suspect at same time expressed her disappointment on the incidents of Gender-Based-Violence where women across the board continue to suffer at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them. “The situation of brutal murders of women by their spouses can never be allowed to allowed to carry on like this. We need to put a stop on these and we hope that the law will take its course in dealing with perpetrators” said the General.

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