A Indian-origin man has been arrested in connection with the murder of his wife in Pietermaritzburg, about 100km west of Durban.
Police spokesperson Inspector Joey Jeevan said in an interview on Saturday that the 65-year-old man bludgeoned his wife Thelma Pillay (63) to death after an argument.
"He informed his neighbours that his wife was missing for two days but the neighbours became suspicious and went into his house," said Jeevan.
They found the old lady's body in the lounge with head wounds. The neighbours immediately reported the incident to the police and the man was arrested. He will appear in court on Monday.
The murder has taken place at a time when the country is observing 16 days of activism against Women and Child Abuse.
Selvi Pillay, Director of the Advice Desk for the Abused in Durban, said she was shocked and angered at the murder.
"The communities must stand up to this type of abuse," she said.
"In South Africa every third women in a relationship is abused in some way. Women must start speaking out against this type of abuse. We cannot allow this anymore," she said.