Eastern Cape man in court for allegedly axing his mother to death

An Eastern Cape man accused of axing his mother to death will return to court on Tuesday.

Mvuyisi Mahamba, 55, who is facing a murder charge, made a brief appearance in the Ngqamakhwe Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The case was postponed to the August 21 for a social worker's report.

The accused will remain in custody.

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Ngqamakhwe police arrested the man over the weekend after he allegedly murdered his 88-year-old mother on Friday.

It's believed there may have been a misunderstanding between Mahamba and his mother at their home in Ngcwazi village.

"It is not clear at this point in time why the suspect was having a misunderstanding with his mother that led him to [allegedly] fatally wound her," Captain Jackson Manatha said in a statement released on Monday.

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The woman's grandchildren were in another room when the incident took place and were too afraid to intervene.

"The grandchildren of the deceased were in a separate room and were scared to stop their father as he was armed with an axe. The grandchildren only noticed in the early hours of Saturday... that their grandmother had passed away," Manatha said.

The accused will remain in custody.

The Butterworth cluster commander, Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu, has strongly condemned the murder of the woman and praised the Ngqamakhwe police for their swift action.

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