The charges against an Eastern Cape mother accused of stabbing a man to death and injuring two others after finding them raping her 27-year-old daughter have been withdrawn, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. The senior public prosecutor took a decision not to prosecute the mother.
The woman was initially charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. “The docket was referred to the senior prosecutor and based on the evidence in the docket she declined to prosecute,” Tyali said. The two men that allegedly raped her daughter are expected to appear in court later this week.
South Africans have been rallied behind the woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter.
Her story prompted outrage on social media, with many congratulating the mom for protecting her family, or saying they would have done the same. Cape Town resident Natalie Kendrick even started a fundraiser online to assist the “#lionmama” or “mother lioness” with legal and counselling fees.