Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the woman was attacked in the early hours of Saturday.
“It is alleged that the pensioner was asleep when two suspects, who [had] covered their faces with balaclavas, forced [their way] into her room and demanded money,” Mulaudzi said in a statement.
“The two then dragged the gogo to nearby bushes where they allegedly raped and assaulted her.”
They left her in the bushes, returned to her house and set it alight, said Mulaudzi.
Community members who noticed the flames rushed to her house.
“They found her in a very bad condition,” said Mulaudzi.
She was admitted to the Elim Hospital where she later died. No arrests had been made.