Authorities are investigating the murder of a 59-year-old woman who succumbed to her injuries earlier this month. The case has now been revised from attempted murder to murder.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters confirmed that Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela ordered the prioritisation of the investigation.

The murder of Jostina Sangweni

Peters refers to the murder of Ms Jostina Sangweni as an “apparent incident of mob justice”, which took place on Friday evening, 26 March 2021 in Mapetla, Soweto.

Peters said in a statement that officials at the Maroka SAPS were alerted to an incident in Mabalane Street, Mepetla back in March. Brigadier Peters adds:

“At the same time, a family came to the police station to report their mother as missing. It is at this point that police together with the family left for Mabalane Street where indeed they found the injured victim whereupon the family confirmed that she was their mother.”

Sangweni was then reportedly “rescued and rushed to hospital for medical attention”. Unfortunately, the 59-year-old victim passed away on Monday, 5 April 2021.

Accused of witchcraft

It was later revealed that Sangweni was “accused of witchcraft when in fact preliminary evidence reveals that the deceased was mentally unwell”.

At the time of publishing, no suspects had been arrested, but investigators are “gathering evidence towards building a solid case that can stand in court”.

Lieutenant General Mawela has once again reiterated the SAPS’ call to communities to “refrain from mob justice that has always proven more harmful and tragic such as in this instance”.

Public assistance required

Authorities are now calling on the local community and the public in general for assistance with information that could lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators

“The Provincial Commissioner has also taken this opportunity to assure the family of the deceased Ms Sangweni that police will do everything in their power to ensure that justice is served, in line with the SAPS’ stance to prioritise the investigation of cases where crime is committed against women, children and other vulnerable persons.”

Information may be given anonymously by contacting the Crime Stop number 086 0010 111 or via the My SAPS mobile app.


Presh JM Reporter

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