Twenty-three-year-old, Ofentse Loving, who is accused of killing his mother is expected to apply for bail later on Thursday in the Itsoseng Magistrate’s court near Lichtenburg in North West.

Loving was arrested last week after the body of his 59-year-old mother, Lepong Hilda Loving, was found in her house.

The community of Itsoseng are expected to march to the local court to demand that the suspect is not granted bail.

According to police the deceased was attacked inside her house and was stabbed multiple times.

On arrival by the police, she was already taken to hospital where she later passed away.

Initial police investigations led to the arrest of her son.

Murder stats

According to Statistics South Africa, the number of incidences of murder increased from 12 000 in 2018/19 to 16 000 in 2019/20.

The number of households that experienced murder rose from 12 000 in 2018/19 to 15 000 in 2019/20.

All incidences were reported to the police in both periods. Although there was a decline in the number of murders between 2015/16 and 2017/18, and an increase between 2017/18 and 2018/19, data shows stability in the number of murders between 2018/19 and 2019/20.