Mukhethwa Tshivhase, a 28-year-old South African man, is accused of murdering his mother with a broomstick because she reportedly hid their food in her room.
On Tuesday, September 7, the suspect, a resident of Matangari-Tshiumoni hamlet, appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.
Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, a Limpopo regional spokeswoman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, September 5.
Caroline Tshivhangwaho Khomola, 58, was sleeping when her son came home and wanted food from his mother, he said.
Tshivhase began accusing his mother of hiding their food in her bedroom, according to Malabi-Dzhangi.
He is said to have become so enraged that he grabbed a broomstick and began hitting his mother with it.
The mother attempted to flee but passed out at the gate. She was transported to Donald Fraser Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a spokeswoman for the Limpopo police, stated that a murder case is being investigated in Thohoyandou.
Tshivhase has also been convicted of other crimes. He was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted murder in 2015, and he was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing a car in Kagiso, Gauteng, in 2009.
His case was rescheduled for Monday, September 13th, to allow for a proper bail application and a hearing.
The traditional leader of Matangari village, Vhamusanda Mutulagole Nyamande, was very shocked about the incident and said that Tshivhase was supposed to protect and look after his mother.
Caroline Khomola worked as a cleaner prior to her death. She will be buried in Matangari-Tshiumoni village on Saturday, 11 September.