Limpopo police said the teenager was at home at Tshivhungululu Village outside Thohoyandou last week when she was confronted by her 60-year-old mother.
“She reprimanded the girl for failing to attend school without reason. The suspect overpowered her mother and assaulted her. The mother was taken to the hospital where she later died‚” said a statement by police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
A second teenage girl‚ aged 17‚ is also facing a murder charge after stabbing a man – who tried to rape her – to death with his own knife at Sofaya Village in the Maake policing area outside Tzaneen.
The teen handed herself over to police on Sunday.