Sadness as South African man stones his 17-year-old girlfriend to death for cheating on him
Police spokesperson, Lt-Col Mamphaswa Seabi has confirmed the arrest of a 23 year old man who allegedly stoned his 17 year old girlfriend to death in Limpopo, South Africa after accusing her of cheating on him as the teenager received a call when they were together. The teenager was identified as Promise Tjatji, from Kome village.
The tragic incident happened on Saturday 20th of August 2022 at about 19:00. The suspect has been charged to the Nebo magistrate court today 23 August for the alleged murder.
It was reported by the Police that the 23 year old suspect was walking with the victim at Kome village under Nebo policing area when the victim allegedly received a call. The suspect then accused her of cheating on him and he stoned her to death immediately at the spot.
The police were quickly alerted about the incident and upon their arrival, they found the victim lying with severe injuries which is fatal thereby leading to her death.
Further investigation on the case was taken up by The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit where they would ensure the suspect will face a charge for murder.
Speaking to Times LIVE, the deceased’s uncle, Mphe Tsatsi, who is distraught and still struggling to comprehend his niece’s death, said Promise already planned her future and wanted to be a doctor after completing high school. Until her death, she has been staying with her elderly mother.
He said the family wasn’t aware of the relationship and didn’t know the boyfriend.
“She was a very nice girl and I heard at school that she was very good with mathematics and physics.” said the uncle.
According to reports, when Mphe arrived home on Saturday, he found uncooked boerewors on the kitchen table. His mother said the meat was taken out of the fridge by her granddaughter to cook.
This means she was about to cook before she left to go out with the boyfriend.
He said the teenager was in grade 12 and they were planning to help her study at university. The school had recently helped her apply for a bursary.
Mphe thanked the social development department for assisting the family and Promise’s schoolmates with counselling, to help them deal with the trauma.
He was disappointed the family of the alleged perpetrator had not approached them.
“We expected his family to come and say something to us in the form of apology or something, but so far no-one has come.”
He said they understood that the family did not send their child to kill someone, but still expected elders to apologise as it would help them find closure.
“Even yesterday we were discussing it and I said that if they don’t want to come, we can’t force them. An apology must come from your heart.” he added.
The deceased will be buried on Saturday August 27.
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