A woman from South Africa who stabbed a man to death and severely injured two others after she caught them allegedly raping her daughter has been told she won’t be facing murder charges. This was followed by a public outcry.
The woman has been dubbed “Lion Mama” by South African media. She told police that she stabbed the three men in an unoccupied home in the village of Qumbu in the Eastern Cape after she found them attacking her daughter.
According to reports, the woman was told about the attack by the 18-year-old cousin of the man who died and tried to call the local police but didn’t receive an answer. As soon as she got there she saw the horrific scene involving her daughter. She found the three men taking turns harming her daughter and she repeatedly stabbed all three until they collapsed.
In order to protect the woman and daughter’s identity, the mother’s name has not been revealed. After she attacked the alleged rapists, the mother comforted her 27-year-old daughter until the police arrived. She was then arrested and charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.
People were pretty shocked and angry about the charges that were placed on this woman who was saving her daughter. They weren’t happy with the authorities at all. But on Sunday, the National Prosecution Authority announced that all the charges had been officially dropped, according to local reports.
Even though prosecutors didn’t give an official explanation for why the charges were dropped, spokesman Luxolo Tyali told South Africa’s News 24 that they didn’t see a realistic chance of conviction. People were definitely on board with the charges being dropped from the “Lion Mama.”
This entire case caused an outpour of support in the social media world. People across the country were getting together in order to help this woman out. People were trying to do everything they could to free her from what they believed to be unjust charges.
One woman from Cape Town, Natalie Kendrick, set up a crowdfunding page, raising roughly 8k to help this mother with her legal fees according to Times Live.
The mother addressed a huge crowd that gathered outside of court, saying “I felt like an old baboon that has no friends, but today you showed me I have people and that I was not alone. Thank you. I’m happy the charges were withdrawn against me,” she said in a statement according to The Independent.
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