Family tragedy struck over the weekend with the death of a three-year-old boy, allegedly at the hand of his father, who then drowned himself.
The 25-year-old man had spoken to his ex-girlfriend first and strangled her on two occasions. She survived the attack.
Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring said Monday the Sasolburg Police Search and Rescue team and the Welkom diving unit recovered the bodies of the father and son from the Cornelis River near Ezenzeleni, Warden, recovered in the US Free State.
On Saturday, the father had a falling out with his toddler’s 20-year-old mother, Mophiring said. He went to her home where he tried to strangle her.
“She went to Warden Police Station to report him but he followed them [the Mother and child]. Eventually he caught her near the Cornelis River before crossing the bridge. He tried again to strangle her and throw her in the river, but failed when she managed to escape,” Mophiring said.
The toddler was left with his father. A parishioner allegedly witnessed the father throw his son into the river and jump after him.
“It is a sad incident for the families, especially for the child’s mother. I humbly urge women who experience any form of abuse to break the silence and report the perpetrators immediately,” said Lt-Gen Baile Motswenyane, Provincial Police Commissioner.
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