Tebogo Msimanga |
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe is strongly cautioning community members of Halambani Tswinganani village to stop engaging in any violent protests. This is following the killing of an 11 months old baby by his mother on Sunday 30 May 2021.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo of Limpopo Police said It is alleged that a 42-year-old woman locked herself and her 11 months old baby inside the hut and started beating him up.
“The local community members reportedly heard the frantic cries of the baby and rushed to the house. After realizing that the door was locked, they then broke opened it and rescued the badly injured baby from the mother.”
Mojapelo added that the baby was rushed to the local Lambani Clinic but was unfortunate declared deceased on arrival.
“We strongly warn community members in that part of our Province to desist from taking the law into their own hands as this would make them criminally liable but must instead give the police space to legally deal with this gruesome incident”, said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
Mojapelo further said the motive for the incident is not clear at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out. The woman was arrested on a charge of murder and police investigations are continuing.