A woman in her twenties and a two-year-old toddler were brutally murdered on Thursday 14 January 2021 inside a lodge in Limpopo. Police in the province are now on the hunt for the man who was with them. 

According to police, the woman and toddler were strangled at the Lodge along the R518 road between Mokopane and Marken road, near Masodi village.

GREY UNKNOWN VEHICLE DROPS TRIO OFF AT LIMPOPO LODGE 

It is alleged that on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at about 19:00, a man and woman with a two-year-old toddler were dropped off at the gate of the lodge by a grey unknown motor vehicle. 

Apparently, the trio rented a room for overnight accommodation without providing their personal information but promised the receptionist that they would check out the next day, on Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 9:00.

“The following day, the receptionist was surprised to see no signs of the visitors and thought that they left the premises. On Thursday, 14 January 2021, she decided to go and open the rented room with the aim of cleaning it,” said SAPS Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. 

RECEPTIONIST FINDS MURDERED WOMAN AND TODDLER 

Upon arrival, the receptionist was shocked to discover a woman and the toddler strangled to death with their hands tied from the back and their bodies in a state of decomposition. Furthermore, the man believed to be in his thirties who came to the lodge with the deceased was nowhere to be found. 

Limpopo police said the motive behind the incident is not clear but domestic violence may not be ruled out. 

“The deceased are reported to have no identification and are still unknown but the police investigations are currently underway to identify and locate their family,” said Ngoepe. 

72-HOUR ACTIVATION PLAN LAUNCHED

Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba instructed that the 72-hour activation plan be set in place to track down the suspect. The police are also requesting members of the community to assist them with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect. 

“Police are appealing to a person who is on the attached photo, to come to Mahwelereng Police Station or to the nearest police station to assist with investigations in this matter,” said Ngoepe. 

Anyone with information may contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane at 079-894-5501 or the crime stop number 0860-010-111 or the nearest police station or MySAPSApp. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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