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2023/10/18      |  Written By:  Captain L Earle   |   Province:  Free State

VREDEFORT : 18 October 2023 – The police are investigating the deaths of two girls, aged 3 and 4. We can confirm that the police opened an inquest for investigation after the two children were certified dead at the Multi Purpose Centre in Mokwallo in Vredefort at about 17:30 on 17 October 2023.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, appeals to the community to afford investigators an opportunity to do thorough investigation in the matter. The Provincial Commissioner’s instruction to the investigator is not to leave any stone unturned while following on any leads especially consumption trend of the two children in the past 24 hours. Appeal is made to our community not to jump into any conclusions or presumptions which can lead to start pointing fingers without any tangible evidence on hand.

“We want to assure the community of Mokwallo that as soon as the post-mortem process has been completed and the results thereof proves that any specific person must carry the responsibility for their deaths, that individual will face the full might of the law,” said Lt Gen Motswenyane.

The situation is calm at this stage. Public Order Police members are monitoring the situation and will remain in the area until we are sure that the situation is back to normal. Nobody has been arrested as yet.