The family of a Mahikeng police officer who was stabbed to death by a female suspect want the suspect to rot in jail for killing their bread winner.
Constable Katlego Leping (29) died on arrival at a hospital, after he was stabbed while trying to stop a fight at Rhodes Park in Mahikeng in the North West on Tuesday.
Leping's mother, Maikotlhao Leping, who last saw her son on 31 December last year, said she is saddened by her son’s death.
“I am deeply hurt because I was not expecting what has happened. Katlego was a bread winner in this family, so it means I have really lost the pillar of my family,” she said.
The mother also called for justice to be served and that those responsible for her son’s death be jailed.
“Justice must be done. What annoys me is that I will say justice must be done, but later see those responsible for my son’s death roaming the streets,” she added.
Katlego’s grandmother, Ellen Mangwegape, said she was devastated by his death. She said she had invested so much in him, hoping he would improve the family's lives for the better.
“For him to have become a police officer is because I had to struggle using my pension fund, because no one is working in the family. Even when he left for training I had to run around to borrow money for him to be able to leave.
We would be left with nothing as I would often have to send him money while he was in training. Now what hurts the most is that finally when I thought my work for him is done, he would be able to work and support his mother and siblings, something like this happens. He was a father in this household. Just when I thought it was time for me to reap after having struggled so much he dies,” said Mangwegape.
A 33-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder.
National police commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, commended community members for their assistance that led to the arrest.