In Mpumalanga, South Africa, a 58-year-old man is accused of murder after reportedly beating his 24-year-old daughter to death.

On September 12, 2022, the suspect, Fannie Mtshali, made his first appearance before the Ogies Magistrate’s Court.

According to a statement released by Brig Selvy Mohlala, spokesman for the Mpumalanga Police, an argument between Fannie Mtshali and his daughter, Simphiwe, took place in Phola, close to Witbank, on Saturday night at around 11 p.m.

Mtshali “slapped her” during the physical confrontation, which resulted in her losing consciousness.

Police and paramedics were sent to the scene, according to Mohlala, but when they arrived the young lady had already been declared dead. Right after the incident, Mtshali was arrested.

Mtshali was kept in custody and the case was adjourned until September 19 so that a formal bail application could be made.

In response to the incident, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, expressed his sadness over the girl’s death and disappointment in how the incident played out.

“Parents should refrain from initiating violence even though children should be raised to be disciplined. Parents are responsible for protecting both their offspring and their families. As long as it is still considered a pandemic, gender-based violence must be taken seriously “The General further added.