Mahikeng police

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Mahikeng stepfather who murdered child is found dead after manhunt

Man who killed one stepchild and injured another was found dead in his car.

Mahikeng police

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On 25 September 2019, a three-year-old boy was found dead and his brother, 7, was severely injured after their stepfather, 33, allegedly stabbed them.

The incident occurred at Mahikeng in the North West. Footage of the North West Health Department’s Forensic Pathology Services were caught on video as they carried out the body of the toddler on Wednesday.

When the police launched a manhunt, police spokesperson, Yvonne Tshabile, appealed to community members to assist them in tracking him down.

Stepfather found dead after fleeing

Watch: Three-year-old boy’s body carried out by the Forensic Pathology Services on 25 September 2019. Source: Twitter/@ikgajane

On 26 September 2019 the unnamed stepfather’s body was discovered after he fled. A search party found him in the morning inside his vehicle.

Another police spokesperson, Colonel Adéle Myburgh, stated:

“On Wednesday about 12.30, police were summoned to a house in Bokone village, outside Mahikeng, where the body of a three-year-old boy was found in a pool of blood.”

Colonel Adéle Myburgh

7-year-old in stable condition at hospital

Police investigating sibling murders. Photo: @SAPoliceService

Myburgh revealed what happened to the older boy saying: “His seven-year-old brother was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.” The police spokesperson later shared that the seven-year-old was in a stable condition.

She said the children’s stepfather fled in a brown Honda Ballade after the alleged attack. Myburgh further noted: “Subsequently, the police launched a manhunt.”

Possible motive for the incident

Update on North West stepfather’s fate after brutal attacks. Photo: Twitter/@ikgajane

At around 7 a.m. on Thursday, the suspect’s vehicle was found parked under a tree. The car was found in Moletsamongwe village, outside Mahikeng.

The alleged suspect was discovered dead in his vehicle and “no foul play is suspected at this stage.” A solid motive for the attacks wasn’t revealed.

However, it’s believed that a quarrel between the stepfather and the children’s mother may have led to the attacks. A preliminary investigation with family revealed the possible motive for the stabbings.

Provincial commissioner urges public to speak out against abuse

The whereabouts of the children’s mother hasn’t yet been determined. No description of the stepfather, the two boys, or the mother has been given.

The Provincial Commissioner of the North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, has condemned the incident. She expressed her shock over the stabbing incident and revealed that the police were working together with communities to ensure that women and children are protected.

Motswenyane said police were working with various structures including the Community Police Forum (CPF) to make head-way in the case. She also urged the public to speak out against women and children abuse.  

The case is currently ongoing and will be updated as more information is shared.