Suspects Arrested for Robbery and Assault of Artist Ester Mahlangu, 87, Following R50k Reward Offer, SA Reacts

Suspects Arrested for Robbery and Assault of Artist Ester Mahlangu, 87, Following R50k Reward Offer, SA Reacts

  • Suspects in connection with the robbery and assault of Ester Mahlangu have been arrested by Mpumalanga police
  • An R50 000 rewarded was offered by police for any positive information on the the 87-year-old's case
  • The Premier of Mpumalanga Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane will visit Mahlangu’s home in Siyabuswa

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MPUMALANGA - Police in Mpumalanga has made a breakthrough in the robbery and assault case of Esther Mahlangu when they arrested suspects in connection with the attack.

A reward of R50 000 for information on the case was offered by the police.

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Suspects in connection with the Ester Mahlangu case have been arrested. Image: Gulshan Khan/Getty
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According to eNCA, Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane will visit Mahlangu’s home on Thursday afternoon. The 87-year-old Ndebele artist was robbed and strangled at her homestead in Siyabuswa last month. She was later found by her granddaughter, according to The South African.

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Social media reacted to the arrests

@SefakoX said:

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“[Not that I’ve got anything on her] I’m just wondering how people who had cases opened and investigated by police way beyond this one (I mean donkey years ago) feel when they read such news. All I’m saying is, not the same attention and resources are given to people’s cases equally.”

@NRamafemu commented:

“Thank you I wish they could stay in jail for a long time.”

@hlubizer posted:

“I hope it's the right scumbags. She's our walking heritage site.”

Mpumalanga Premier Plans to Beef Up Esther Mahlangu's Home Security Following Robbery and Assault

Briefly News also reported Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has urged community members to protect the elderly following the attack and robbery of acclaimed artist, Esther Mahlangu over the weekend. The premier who was outraged over the incident visited Mahlangu’s home in Siyabuswa on Wednesday and vowed to beef up security.

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According to Eyewitness News, the man who is yet to be found assaulted the elderly woman and tied her up before making off with a gun and an undisclosed sum of money. A house robbery case was opened by police officials.

Mtshweni-Tsipane who described the incident as very unfortunate said:

“All of us are police and we must make sure that safety begins at home. The moral fibre of our community has now degenerated.”

Community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe told TimesLIVE that a team of detectives are assembled to review the case and said:

“The perpetrator will be brought to book."

Source: Briefly News

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