A 21-year-old man is under police guard in the Port Shepstone Hospital after he allegedly murdered his grandmother by smashing her head with a sewing machine before stabbing her several times. Police shot the suspect in the leg when he tried to evade arrest.
Pensioner, Albertina Shabalala, 73, of Maqwaqwa in Hibberdene, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, was killed yesterday morning. Neighbours heard her having an argument with someone.
They told Sowetan that they had heard noises and when they went to investigate they found Shabalala lying in a pool of blood. She was dead. The house was in disarray and everything had been smashed.
A neighbour, who introduced herself as Ma Mkhize, said she heard noises in the early hours of the morning and when she looked outside she saw the suspect destroying the furniture in Shabalala's house.
"He was completely insane. He looked like an angry bull that would attack anyone who got in his way. I shouted for the other neighbours but when they arrived he [ran] away, but we were able to catch him," was all she would say.
Police spokesman Superintendent Zandra Hechter said that when the police were on their way to the scene, they came across an angry crowd chasing the suspect.
"While being pursued the suspect stabbed another female in the back with a pair of scissors which he had allegedly used on his grandmother," she said.
"He went berserk and when the police tried to disarm him, he threatened them with the pair of scissors. Police had to shoot him in the leg so they could arrest him."
He and the injured woman was taken to hospital. The suspect will appear in court as soon as he has been discharged.