Manhunt launched after Ocean Basket owner and her mother found dead

Police in Polokwane, Limpopo found the Ocean Basket owner and her mother stabbed and tied up in their car on Thursday 10 September.

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Police in Limpopo have launched a manhunt for the suspect(s) who allegedly attacked and killed Ocean Basket owner Lizzette Deacon, 55, and her mother Hettie Deacon, 70, in their house at Welgelegen next to Cycad in Polokwane, on Thursday 10 September. 


It is alleged that the victims’ neighbour went to visit the two women just after 18:00 on Thursday night and was shocked when he found traces of blood inside the house and the women missing. The police were called and a search operation was immediately launched.

“The bodies of the deceased were found with several stab wounds, tied inside their motor vehicle which was found abandoned along the R37 road next to [the] Kushcke off-ramp. This after a high-density search operation that was launched soon after the attack,” said SAPS Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo. 

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“The motive for the killings is unknown at this stage but robbery cannot be ruled out,” added Mojapelo.  

Cases of two counts of murder and house robbery have been opened. Anyone with information is requested to contact Colonel Linkie Mathebula on 064-756-8218 or 08600-101-11. 


Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) provincial leader in Limpopo Marcelle Maritz, released a statement on Friday 11 September, saying residents in Pietersburg are extremely shocked following the tragic double murder of the Ocean Basket owner and her mother.

The community is strongly urged to do everything in their power to ensure the safety and security of their homes and businesses. Law-abiding citizens must stand on their constitutional right to protection and safety and must remain vigilant at all times,” said Maritz. 

Following the death of the Ocean Basket owner and her mother, the FF Plus is encouraging communities to join neighbourhood watches and community policing forums and to use all the technology at their disposal to prevent attacks. The party also insists that the government show that it is serious about combating crime. 

“Merely paying lip service will not stop criminals and it cannot go on like this any longer. The FF Plus expresses its deepest condolences to the victims’ friends and family,” added Maritz.


According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Limpopo, five suspects held up a PayPoint at Bergendal at around 9:00 on Wednesday. The suspects forced a cashier to unlock the safe and also disarmed security officers and robbed them of their rifles before loading money worth R2.2 million into their getaway vehicle.

Police managed to intercept and arrest three suspects, while the other two are still at large. The three suspects appeared in the Senwabarwana Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The case has since been postponed to 18 September 2020 for accused profile and further investigations. 

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