Bredasdorp murder accused allegedly boasted about the crime

Delwigo Ward is accused of sexually assaulting & killing Sulnita Mahno more than a week ago.

Sulnita Mahno’s body was found in Zwelitsha after she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Bredasdorp man who allegedly raped and killed a mother in the Overberg town apparently boasted to his friends about the crime.

Delwigo Ward is expected back in the local magistrates court today.

He's accused of sexually assaulting and killing Sulnita Mahno more than a week ago.

When Eyewitness News visited the scene where the 23-year-old woman's body was found in Zwelitsha, an informal settlement in Bredasdorp, dark red blood stains spoke volumes of her painful end.

Mahno had apparently been sexually assaulted with a broken bottle, beaten with a brick and a rope was tied around her neck.

The young mother was laid to rest on Saturday, exactly a week after her death.

Community Policing Forum chairperson Reinier Louw says her alleged killer was arrested as he had reportedly boasted about his horrific crime.

"He actually bragged about it, he went to fetch people to show them what he had done. I think that he was actually surprised that they actually caught him."

Various community groups will be marching ahead of Ward's court appearance today.

This however is not the first tragedy to stun the small Overberg town.

Last year, 14-year-old year old Elda Japhta was murdered by her 27-year-old boyfriend.

In the same year five-year-old Kayde Williams was also raped and murdered.

In 2013, the rape and killing of 17-year-old Anene Booysen made international headlines.

Since Booysen's murder, about R3 million has been spent on addressing Bredasdorp's social ills including violence, alcohol abuse and unemployment.


The Cape Agulhas local municipality mayor has urged community members to make use of the services available, in an effort to curb crime and drug abuse in Bredasdorp.

Mayor Richard Mitchell addressed mourners at Mahno's funeral over the weekend.

Mitchell says while the area, where substance abuse is rife, could use more help from government, it's also up to the community to assist.

"They will take part for one week or one moth but thereafter they disappear. I call on the community and all its organisations to unite to tackle this wave of crime in our area because it will not stop if the community is [not] taking drastic action."