A 13-year-old boy was horrified to find the lifeless body of a neighbour in his bed at his home in Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala disclosed that the boy found the body of the woman, 43, who worked as an administrative clerk at the SA Police Service, around 08:00 on Monday.
Mohlala said the woman was known to the boy as a neighbour.
“He then informed an adult, who immediately reported the matter to the police, as well as emergency medical personnel,” he said.
She was declared dead on the scene.
Police subsequently arrested a man believed to be the last person who visited the woman at the house in which her body was found.
The 34-year-old man was charged with murder and is expected to appear in the Wakkerstroom Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela condemned incidents of gender-based violence that led to perpetual suffering by women at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them.
“The situation of brutal murders of women by their spouses can never be allowed to carry on like this. We need to put a stop to these and we hope that the law will take its course in dealing with perpetrators,” Manamela said.
(With report from News24)