Bodies of Father and 4-year-old daughter found hanging on the roof in a backroom


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE – The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, issues a stern condemnation following a distressing domestic-related tragedy in Bela Bela Township.

The heart-wrenching discovery of two lifeless bodies—an adult male and a young child—serves as a sombre reminder of the urgent need to seek support when facing domestic challenges.

The incident unfolded on Sunday, 10th March 2024, at approximately 9:00 pm, prompting the response of the police to reports of a murder and an inquest. Upon arrival at the residence on Malebye Street, Bela Bela, the police were confronted with a tragic scene within a room at the back of the house, where the bodies of a 4-year-old girl and her father were found hanging from the roof beams, each with ropes around their necks.

Preliminary investigations suggest a devastating scenario wherein a man took the life of his young daughter before potentially taking his own. While the mother was absent at the time of the incident, the presence of underlying domestic challenges cannot be dismissed.

In light of this heartbreaking event, the South African Police Service has initiated murder and inquest inquiries to unravel the circumstances surrounding this tragedy and deliver justice.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Hadebe underscores the critical importance of seeking assistance from relevant professionals and resources when grappling with domestic issues, emphasizing the value of early intervention in preventing such grievous outcomes.

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