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According to news reports, a 36-year-old Northern Cape man appeared in the Modderrivier Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. The man was charged with the rape and murder of his 51-year-old biological mother.

News24 reports, “It is alleged that the suspect and his mother were drinking wine together under a tree on the night of Sunday at Rietvale. It is alleged the suspect raped his mother and was caught in the act by a passerby who raised the alarm,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said in a statement on Tuesday.

When police arrived on the scene, they allegedly found the victim’s body. “Post-mortem results conducted on Wednesday revealed that the victim was strangled,” Ramatseba added.

The suspect was later arrested and appeared in court on charges of rape and murder, according to reports. The matter has reportedly been postponed to February 12 for further investigations and a formal bail application, the accused is said to remain in custody until then.