Scourge of gender based violence condemned as man allegedly kills woman and her daughter and then drives into a truck

POLOKWANE – The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has warned community members across the province to stop resorting to violence and instead seek professional assistance (some of which offer free services) when dealing with domestic challenges. This after yet another incident in which a 37 year old man killed his wife Thandi Mathebula aged 39, and his 17-year-old stepdaughter Sharon on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at about 16:00, in Extension 08, Bela-Bela.

It is alleged that neighbours became suspicious and went to check at the house. Someone was then seen lying on the kitchen floor inside the locked house. They immediately contacted the police and on arrival, they forced open the door and discovered the woman lying dead on the kitchen floor and the lifeless body of her daughter in the bedroom. Police preliminary investigations indicated the two might have been strangled.

The suspect apparently took the family car after committing the murders, drove onto the Rooiberg/Bela Bela R516 road and thereafter crashed it into a truck coming from the opposite direction. He died instantly.

The motive behind the incident is still unknown at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.

Cases of two counts of murder and one of culpable homicide have been opened for investigation.

Source: South African Police Service