Granny in fatal knife fight

Elisha Molefe

Elisha Molefe

A 60-year-old granny is in custody after allegedly stabbing to death a 54-year-old relative.

The community of Bodibe village near Itsoseng township in North West was yesterday still shocked by the incident that resulted from an argument at the weekend.

Jereminah Matsiane had allegedly concealed an Okapi penknife - made notorious by township gangsters - on her body.

It is alleged that, though neighbours and relatives, Matsiane, 60, and Idah Mokgantsi, 54, had been bitter foes for a long time.

Inspector Lebogang Mokgothu, a spokesman for the Itsoseng police, said their long-standing feud came to a head at the weekend after a drinking binge.

Mokgothu said: "The two women started shouting at each other over the fence and dared each other to a fight in the street."

Unknown to Mokgantsi, Matsiane was not aiming for a clean fight, but meant "bloody business".

"As soon as the two were in the street, Matsiane allegedly drew the knife and fatally stabbed Mokgantsi three times," said Mokgothu.

Members of the community called the emergency services, but Mokgantsi was already dead when emergency personnel arrived.

Matsiane was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

She appeared in the Itsoseng magistrates' court on Monday. Her case was postponed to tomorrow for bail application.