Fake soldiers rape and murder gogo in an event that has shocked the nation.
A horrific incident occurred in the South African region of KwaZulu-Natal after a 75-year-old granny was raped and murdered, allegedly by fake soldiers who said they were going around sanitising homes, Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said on Monday
Khoza said 75-year-old Genzeni Ernestine “MaMthalane” Zuma “was raped and killed by fake soldiers who had duped her into believing they were members of the SANDF (South African National Defence Force)”.
“It’s alleged that Zuma allowed the criminals into her home [in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg] after they claimed to be SANDF members assigned to sanitise homes in the area,” she said.
According to News24, Zuma’s grandson discovered her body on Sunday morning. “The grandson had been asleep in another house within the homestead when the rape and murder took place.”
Khoza said the government was concerned about “criminals who take advantage of the national lockdown to rob and murder unsuspecting citizens”.
In light of the Covid-19 outbreak in our country, which led to President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a 21-day national lockdown, our communities should be very vigilant of criminals who want to come into their homes under false pretences.”
“The deployment of the police and SANDF in our communities is one of many measures to safeguard the lives of our people from the invisible enemy (Covid-19) and we take exception when criminals use this to commit crimes against unsuspecting people.”
Khoza said the rape and murder of an elderly person “indicate that our people have lost ubuntu
She further called on the public to assist law enforcement agencies.
“We are really taken aback by this incident, but we call on anyone who might have information that may assist the police to come forward and report such so that the police can track down the perpetrators.”
She said the department dispatched a team of social workers to give psycho-social support to Zuma’s family.
Meanwhile, while South Africans go under 21 day lock down without alcohol, Zimbabwe has relaxed the condition and deemed alcohol an essential service.