An elderly woman was found dead in her home in Cacadu (Lady Frere).
The 81-year-old woman, according to police in the Eastern Cape, lived with her disabled son.
According to Police spokesperson Namhla Mdleleni who was summoned to the murder scene on Tuesday after the deceased’s neighbor found her body.
The neighbor received a call from the deceased’s daughter who was worried because she couldn’t reach her mother on her cellphone.
The neighbor found the woman dead on her bed in the room – her throat was cut off.
Mdleleni said police immediately implemented a 72-hour activation plan. Within hours, police went to the Ntsembeyi settlement to follow clues. This led to the arrest of a 24-year-old man.
Bloodshot clothing was seized and sent for forensic tests.
Eastern Cape security and transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe strongly condemned the murder and praised the police’s prompt action.
She says the atrocity undermines all efforts by the state to curb violence against women, children and the elderly.
Police Commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga, in turn, also praised the police detectives for their breakthrough.
Ntshinga said police condemned the incident, especially given that their 16-day program of activism against violence against women and children was recently launched in the area.
She called on all men to get involved in the struggle to ensure the safety of the community.