LIMPOPO – A 35-year-old self-proclaimed prophet from Jan Furse has been swiftly apprehended by Hoedspruit police after allegedly committing two heinous acts of murder and rape in the Silver Oaks village.
The tragic incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, where a 37-year-old woman and her 20-year-old daughter were found with fatal stab wounds. The daughter was also raped.
Police Spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, said the victims were attacked by the suspect, identified as a local prophet, according to information conveyed by the deceased before her passing. Tragically, both victims succumbed to their injuries.
“Further investigation uncovered the younger brother of the deceased, aged five, tied up in his room,” said Mashaba.
“Although the motive behind the brutal act remains unclear, it’s believed that the 37-year-old woman had been consulting with the suspect, who operated as a prophet,” Mashaba added.
The suspect was successfully traced and arrested at a hiking spot along the road, after initial searches at various locations.
“He is currently detained at the Hoedspruit police station, awaiting trial. The police continue their investigation into this tragic event,” concluded Mashaba.