A 27 year old man was arrested on Monday, 23 November 2020 in connection with the alleged murder of a three (03) year old child on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at Vingerkraal village in the Bela-Bela policing area.
The suspect was found hiding at a local farm near Vingerkraal.The owner of the farm allegedly informed members of the community who immediately took the suspect to the bushes and severely assaulted him.
The police in Bela-Bela were then notified and reacted swiftly to the scene. Upon arrival, with the backup of the Modimolle Public Order Police (POPS) Unit, the suspect was rescued from the angry mob.
It is alleged that the child’s mother left her (deceased) with a neighbour and to her surprise, when she returned at about 14:00, the child was nowhere to be found.
The Police were summoned and the joint search operation with the community members was activated and the child was later found at about 20:00, the same day with open wounds on her body, dumped inside the river stream in the area. She was certified dead by the EMS and identified as Melania Ndacha Ruben.
The suspect is expected to appear in Bela Bela Magistrate court soon facing a charge of murder.