A 28-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly hacked his biological father (58) to death with a spade during a domestic dispute in Motetema, Limpopo

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon,  17 October 2023 at their home at Leeuwfontein in Motetema, Sekhukhune District.

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According to the reports, the two were doing some construction work inside the yard when they got into an argument. In reaction, the son grabbed a spade, hacking his father multiple times.

After the incident, the Police as well as the Emergency Medical Services in Motetema were summoned to the said location where upon arrival they found the victim lying in a pool of blood.

The elderly man was certified dead on the scene. Police managed to apprehend the suspect on the scene.


Police have opened a case of murder. They are currently investigating the circumstances which might have led to the brutal act. Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has vehemently condemned the brutal incident. 

“We urge community members to resolve matters in a civil manner rather than resorting to violence. 

“The brutal and senseless attack could have been avoided if they made a decision to seek professional help,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Motetema Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 19 October 2023. He is facing a charge of murder.