The murder of an elderly couple in the Eastern Cape was strongly condemned by the provincial police manager.
The 91-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife were found in their home at the Mswakazi settlement in Lusikisiki on Friday night with multiple stab wounds to the torso.
The couple’s 22-year-old granddaughter’s body was found at a nearby tree later that evening. According to police information, the granddaughter apparently took her own life.
According to a statement from Col. Provincial police spokesman Sibongile Soci made the horror discovery on Friday night in the community.
A neighbor of the couple became concerned because she did not see the couple outside their home on Friday. She then decided to investigate.
“She allegedly walked into an open front door and found the man and woman’s bodies in their bedroom, with stab wounds to their bodies.”
The couple’s granddaughter was not home and the community began a search for her.
According to police, the granddaughter had blood on her clothes and shoes.
Police said the traces of blood found on the floor next to the murdered couple matched the takedowns worn by the granddaughter.
An inquest has been launched and two cases of murder are being investigated.
Soci said the police investigation would indicate if there were suspects to be searched.
Lt. Genl. Provincial Police Commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga condemned the murders.
“No one deserves to die in such a painful way, especially not our vulnerable elderly people.
“The communities must stand together and work with the police to eradicate any kind of crime in their community,” Ntshinga said.
The names of the deceased have not yet been revealed.