The 87-year-old, Dr Esther Nostokana Mahlangu, a well-known Ndebele Artist, was robbed of her firearm as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect following this house robbery incident which reportedly occurred on Saturday, 19 March 2022 around 15h00 at Siyabuswa near Kwamhlanga.
Details of the said robbery indicate that on the said day the old woman, who was alone at the time was preparing to take a nap when she reportedly locked all doors of her house. Strangely, she noticed a man unknown to her inside the house. The man then allegedly grabbed her and punched her in the face before tying both her hands with a cable and trying to strangle her until she reportedly became unconscious.
“The old lady reported that she cannot recall what happened thereafter however when she regained her consciousness, she realized that her house was ransacked and her firearm, as well as money, were stolen from the safe,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.
The woman sustained some bruises on her face and the matter was reported to the police at Siyabuswa whereby a house robbery case was opened hence the manhunt, he added.
Police further said that, the suspect is still at large and police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect to call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, further lambasted the suspects who target elderly people at their places of residence thereby robbing them of their items.
“It is shameful to hear that our senior citizens are now being targeted by heartless criminals who show no mercy at all. On Sunday (20 March 2022), we had an incident of this nature where an old male pensioner was strangled to death in Delmas. This cannot be allowed to continue unabated. The person who committed this evil act against one of the country’s assets must be swiftly hunted down and be brought to book” said the General.