Body of woman found in the ditch a day after withdrawing domestic violence case against her husband, man arrested for murder

POLOKWANE – The Police in Thohoyandou have arrested a 38-year-old man after the body of his wife was found in the water filled pit toilet ditch in their yard at Mangodi Ha Sundou this morning, Saturday 28 January 2023.

The couple was reportedly in a sour relationship in which the victim had opened a case of domestic violence against him and was arrested. He was out on bail and was to appear again in Thohoyandou magistrate court next week. The woman went to court yesterday on Friday 27 January 2023 and withdrew the case.

The suspect called the police this morning and indicated he could not locate his wife but was surprised to find her dead in the ditch in their yard.

Preliminary probe conducted by the Police at the scene led to the arrest of the suspect on a charge of murder.

“This is yet another incident of Gender Based Violence and Femicide perpetrated against the vulnerable member of society. The woman obviously trusted her husband that he would not again physically torment her, but she is now no more. We urge community members having domestic challenges to seek help and desist from resorting to violence,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The victim was identified as Lindelani Nengovhela aged 33.

The suspect is expected to appear in Thohoyandou magistrate court on Monday 30 January 2023.

Source: South African Police Service

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