Katlego Moeng and Alex Matlala
The Ministry of Defence has condemned the actions of two soldiers in which two women were killed.
This follows two separate incidents last week in which a 70-year-old woman was shot dead and another woman was stabbed seven times inside the Atteridgeville magistrate's court. Both incidents were allegedly committed by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members.
"Without prejudging the cases, the ministry would like to state that such allegations against the two SANDF members are serious and must be met with the full might of the law.
"If found guilty, the perpetrators must be punished with the harshest sentence permitted in law," said a statement by Defence Minister Charles Nqakula and SANDF Chief General Godfrey Ngwenya on Saturday.
It is alleged that in the incident involving the 70-year-old, the SANDF member shot his mother-in-law in cold blood and also tried to shoot his wife but missed.
He then drank a poisonous substance to try to kill himself.
The man from Moletji Blood River outside Seshego is now fighting for his life at a hospital in Polokwane.
The tension arose after the man allegedly hit his 14-year-old son with a pick-handle on the head after accusing him of stealing from him.
The boy sustained injuries to his head and was taken to hospita. He was discharged a day later.
The soldier was arrested and charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He appeared in the Seshego magistrate's court and was released on R1 000 bail.
His case has been postponed to February 2 for trial.