The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, condemned a Gender Based Violence incident in which lifeless bodies of a 30-year-old mother and two children ages between two and nine –year-old boys were discovered 27 November inside the house at Ikageng Location near Potchefstroom.

According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that the 46-year-old husband had an argument with his wife that night before they went to bed. The Husband allegedly went to the children’s bedroom where he took the two boys, then instructed his 13-year-old stepdaughter to go and search for her mother in to the Township.

The stepdaughter allegedly came back and discovered her father’s body hanging on the roof rafters. She went to call the neighbours who alerted the police. The latter discovered three more bodies inside the house.  Subsequent to incident police are investigating three counts of murder and inquest. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage.

The Provincial Commissioner expressed her sincere condolences to the family. She also condemned the incident and said it is disturbing to see incidents such as this one at the time when the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children is taking place in the country. She urged members of the community to use services of available professionals to resolve their disputes.

Issued by North West Corporate Communication and Liaison: South African Police Service


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