A shocking incident of domestic violence has rocked the small community of Dzingidzingi village in Giyani, Limpopo. The South African Police Service has launched a manhunt for a 34-year-old suspect, identified as Ceaseman Dala Chauke, who allegedly stoned his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Nokuthula Sithole, to death in the early hours of Saturday, April 8, 2023.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the victim and her friend were returning from a local tavern when they encountered Chauke, and an altercation ensued. The suspect allegedly assaulted Sithole with a stone, leaving her critically injured and unconscious. Her friend ran to nearby households for help and returned to find Sithole in a critical condition, while the suspect had fled the scene.
The injured woman was immediately rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries and passed away. Sithole, who resided at Dzingidzingi village in Giyani, Mopàni District, leaves behind a young child.
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and shock in the community, with many calling for justice for the victim and stricter measures to prevent such incidents of violence against women. The police have urged Chauke to turn himself in and assist with the investigation, and have called on the public to come forward with any information that could lead to his arrest.
In a country plagued by high rates of gender-based violence, this incident serves as a grim reminder of the urgent need to address this issue and provide greater protection for women and girls. The South African government has recently taken steps to tackle the problem, including the implementation of stricter laws and the establishment of specialized courts to deal with gender-based violence cases. However, there is still much work to be done to create a safer society for all.