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Mother and daughter allegedly strangle boyfriend, mob justice leads to second murder

A 23-year-old suspect was charged with the murder of her boyfriend. Stock photo.
A 23-year-old suspect was charged with the murder of her boyfriend. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/thawornnurak

A Limpopo woman was allegedly murdered by a vigilante group for allegedly helping to  assault and kill her daughter’s boyfriend over the weekend.

Police opened two counts of murder and started investigations which revealed a man residing in Tauatswala village had visited his girlfriend when they allegedly got into an altercation.

The mother apparently intervened and both women allegedly attacked the boyfriend and strangled him.

“Subsequent to the murder, an angry mob gathered at the house and attacked mother and daughter and burnt the house.

“The girlfriend and her siblings managed to escape but her mother was dragged to the back of the house where she was assaulted with stones and objects.

“The suspects fled the scene.

“Police in Gilead were alerted about mob justice and on arrival at the scene they found a middle-aged woman who had been severely assaulted.

“Police were directed to a male victim who was unconscious inside the house. Medical personnel were summoned and certified both victims dead,” said Limpopo police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo.

The victims were identified as John Mojela, 28, and Grace Mongatane, 52.

Eight suspects aged between 23 and 78 were arrested for the alleged revenge murder of Mongatane and her daughter was arrested for the alleged murder of Mojela.

The eight are expected to appear in the Gilead periodical court on Monday on charges of murder and arson. The 23-year-old suspect who was charged with the murder of her boyfriend will appear in the same court.


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