The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has strongly condemned the incident in which a man last night, Monday 06 July 2020, allegedly shot and killed his partner aged 38, his partner’s visiting niece aged 27 and attempted to murder his 16-year-daughter. He thereafter allegedly turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The horrific incident took place at Malungane village next to Namakgale outside Phalaborwa at about 21:00.
The suspect, who was reportedly employed at a mining company in Phalaborwa, was being sought by members of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit (FCS) after his 16-year-old daughter, whom he shot and injured, earlier opened a rape case against him.
The victim allegedly visited her father at Palesa Section, Namakgale on 13 June 2020 and requested him to train her on how to drive a motor vehicle. After the driving lessons, they reportedly went to Namakgale complex and then proceeded to the house at Palesa where the rape took place. The victim only opened the rape case yesterday, Monday 06 July 2020.
The deceased’s licensed 9mm pistol was found on the scene and has been confiscated by the police.
“As the Province is currently fighting the scourge of Gender Based Violence, incidents of this nature, where a man rapes his daughter and then goes on to commit horrendous crimes against the vulnerable members of the society, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” concluded General Ledwaba.