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Police launch manhunt after brutal murder of 80-year-old

News - Date: 24 September 2021

Written by: Andries van Zyl / Viewed: 8966


The South African Police Service has launched a manhunt for the suspect(s) who brutally murdered well-known Louis Trichardt resident Ms Marthie Pauer. The 80-year-old Pauer was found in a pool of blood at her home in Louis Trichardt on Thursday (yesterday) at about 19:00.

“The deceased’s son, who is a warrant officer in the South African Police Service, reportedly tried to call his mother several times on Wednesday, 22 September, with no success. He then allegedly sent his partner to his mother’s house. On arrival at the house, she apparently knocked several times without an answer and when entering the house, she allegedly found the old woman lying in a pool of blood,” said provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo. He added that when the police arrived at the scene, they found Pauer’s body with several deep cut wounds.

Provincial police commissioner lieutenant-general Thembi Hadebe has strongly condemned the incident in which the elderly woman was brutally murdered, and she directed that the killer(s) be hunted down and brought to book.

“The motive for the incident is unknown at this stage and a case of murder has been opened,” said Mojapelo.

As part of the investigation, the police are calling upon Trevor Gumbu, a Zimbabwean national who is the deceased's former employee, to visit the Makhado Police station or his nearest police station in order to assist with investigations into this matter. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Captain Ronald Tinyani on 076 813 0378, the Crime-Stop number 0860010111 or their nearest police station.


The murdered Ms Martie Pauer (80). Photo: Facebook.



Andries van Zyl

Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.


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