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Durban policeman accused of beating his 70-year-old mother to death

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Published May 10, 2022

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has condemned the murder of an elderly woman in KwaDabeka, Durban, who was allegedly beaten by her police officer son on Friday.

MEC Khoza said it was heartbreaking to learn about the assault of Greta Xaba, 70.

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“We could not even imagine that a police officer entrusted with responsibilities to protect the vulnerable would be the one involved in such a criminal act,” she said.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala said at 10.30pm on May 6, police received information that a 70-year-old woman was being assaulted at her home in KwaDabeka.

“On arrival they found a 46-year-old man assaulting the victim with a plank,” she said.

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Gwala said the victim sustained multiple injuries and was taken to hospital where she died.

She said the suspect was arrested for murder and appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Gwala added that since the accused was a police officer, the docket had been taken over by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for further investigation.

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Khoza called for the accused to be handed a stiff sentence.

"It is unfortunate that we could not protect Xaba from her abusive child. We find solace that this police officer is now behind bars. We want to see him convicted for life imprisonment for his action,” she said.

The department said a team of social workers have been dispatched to the Xaba family to provide psycho-social support.

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