A 28-year-old South African man named Mukhethwa Tshivhase, has been accused of murdering his mother with a broomstick because she reportedly hide their food in her room.
On Tuesday, September 7, the suspect, a resident of Matangari-Tshiumoni hamlet, appeared in the Thohoyandou magistrate’s court on a charge of murder.
A spokeswoman of Limpopo regional for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), named Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, September 5 when Caroline Tshivhangwaho Khomola, aged 58, was sleeping when her son came home and wanted food from his mother, he said.
Tshivhase began accusing his mother of hiding their food in her bedroom, according to Malabi-Dzhangi who is said to have become so enraged that he grabbed a broomstick and began hitting his mother with it but mother attempted to flee but passed out at the gate. She was transported to Donald Fraser Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a spokeswoman for the Limpopo police, stated that the murder case were been investigated in Thohoyandou and also said that Tshivhase has also been convicted of other crimes, was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted murder in 2015, and he was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing a car in Kagiso, Gauteng, in 2009.
His case has been rescheduled for Monday, September 13th, to allow for a formal bail application and the appointment of a legal representative for the accused. He has been detained and remanded in jail.
Vhamusanda Mutulagole Nyamande, the traditional leader of Matangari village, was disturbed by the occurrence and stated that Tshivhase was meant to protect and look after his mother. Before her death, Caroline Khomola worked as a cleaner. On Saturday, September 11th, she will be laid to rest in Matangari-Tshiumoni village.