Police offer R50k for information on robbery suspect

The Mpumalanga police are asking members of the public to step forward if they have any information about the suspect that robbed and assaulted one of South Africa’s most acclaimed artists, Dr Esther Mahlangu.


The world-renowned Ndebele artist was allegedly robbed and attacked at her home in Weldervrede near Siyabuswa on Saturday, 19 March at approximately 15:00.

“During the robbery, the defenceless pensioner was reportedly assaulted and strangled where her hands were tied with a cord,” said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

After tying Mahlangu up, the suspect searched the 87-year-old’s bedroom and took her safe, which contained a 7.65mm pistol and an undisclosed amount of cash. He also took a bundle of keys before running away.

According to the police, Mahlangu sustained some injuries to her face. She was later found by her granddaughter who told the neighbours and the Siyabuswa SAPS were called to the scene.

A manhunt for the suspect is underway.

The provincial police have issued a R50 000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information about the robbery.

“Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the robbed items as well as the subsequent conviction of the suspect is urged to come forth or call Colonel Ernest Maoka at 082-318 -9843,” said the police spokesperson.

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