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Gruesome fate of domestic violence victim who dropped charges: found dead in pit toilet

A woman who dropped domestic violence charges against her husband in court on Friday was found dead in a water-filled pit toilet in their yard the next day.

A heart-breaking incident occurred in Mangodi Ha Sundou, Limpopo.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the victim’s  husband, 33-year-old Lindelani Nengovhela, called police on Saturday morning and told them that he could not locate his wife, who had been missing since early that morning.

He said preliminary investigations at the scene led to his arrest for murder.

According to Brigadier Mojapelo, the suspect was out on bail and was due to appear again in Thohoyandou Magistrate Court on Friday when his wife went to court and withdrew her domestic violence case against him.

The Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has condemned the recent murder of a woman by her husband.

She regarded the incident  as yet another example of gender-based violence and femicide, which is committed against vulnerable members of society.

“The woman trusted her husband not to hurt her again, but now she is dead. We urge community members who are having problems at home to seek help and stop using violence,” said Lt Gen Hadebe.

The suspect is expected to appear in Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Monday

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