The suspect accused her of cheating on him and then stoned her to death.
The deceased, Promise Tjatji
A 17-year-old girl has been no attacked on Saturday evening.
“A 23-year-old man will today (Tuesday) appear in the Nebo magistrate court after he was arrested for allegedly killing a 17-year-old girl believed to be his girlfriend on Saturday night, 20 August 2022 at about 19:00,” said Seabi.
“The information received by the Police suggests that the suspect was walking with the victim at Kome village under Nebo policing area when she allegedly received a call. The suspect then accused her of cheating on him and he then stoned her to death,”
“The police were called and on arrival at the scene, the victim was found lying with fatal injuries. She was identified as Promise Tjatji,”.
“The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took over the case for further investigations. The suspect will face a charge of murder.” he added.
Speaking to Times LIVE, the deceased’s uncle, Mpshe Tsatsi, said Promise already planned her future and wanted to be a doctor after completing high school.
Mpshe, who is distraught and still struggling to comprehend his niece’s death, said the teenager had been staying with his elderly mother.
He and his wife live in Polokwane, where he works. He visits the village home regularly at weekends.
“It is tough — it is very tough, I must say,” he said. “She was a very nice girl and I heard at school that she was very good with mathematics and physics.”
He said the family wasn’t aware of the relationship and didn’t know the boyfriend.
When Mphe arrived home on Saturday, he found uncooked boerewors on the kitchen table. His mother said the meat was taken out of the fridge by her granddaughter to cook.
“She was about to cook before she left [to go out with the boyfriend].”
He said the teenager was in grade 12 and they were planning to help her study at university. The school had recently helped her apply for a bursary.
Mphe thanked the social development department for assisting the family and Promise’s schoolmates with counselling, to help them deal with the trauma.
He was disappointed the family of the alleged perpetrator had not approached them.
“We expected his family to come and say something to us in the form of apology or something, but so far no-one has come.”
He said they understood that the family did not send their child to kill someone, but still expected elders to apologise as it would help them find closure.
“Even yesterday we were discussing it and I said that if they don’t want to come, we can’t force them. An apology must come from your heart.” he added.
Promise will be buried on Saturday August 27.