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Woman due to appear before court for murder of her three month old daughter


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - A 24-year-old woman is expected to appear before the Middelburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow, 14 June 2021, after she allegedly murdered her three month old baby girl. The horrific incident happened on the evening of Friday, 11 June 2021, at Avontuur near Middelburg.

According to information at police disposal, on the said day, the woman and her baby visited her daughter's father at the farm where the latter works. Apparently, upon her arrival, the man refused to let them inside and she allegedly threatened to kill their baby if he does not open the door. It is said that the woman then threw the infant on the ground. The matter was then reported to the police whereupon arrival with paramedics, the child was certified dead. Police opened a murder case and immediately arrested the suspect.

The investigation by the police has since revealed that the woman is originally from Zimbabwe and she is not in possession of legal documents to be in South Africa hence a charge of contravention of the Immigration Act has been added to the murder charge.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla has strongly condemned the incident and labelled it as inhumane. He further said that parents should not use children to settle their love triangle scores.


Brigadier Leonard Hlathi
082 462 0804