South African man commits suicide after killing his wife and step-daughter

A South African man has killed himself by ramming his car into a truck after he killed his wife and step-daughter.

The 37-year-old man killed his wife Thandi Mathebula aged 39 (pictured) and his 17-year-old stepdaughter Sharon on Tuesday 10 December 2019, in Extension 08, Bela Bela.

South African man commits suicide after killing his wife and step-daughter


According to eye-witnesses, suspicious neighbours went to check on the family and saw someone lying on the kitchen floor inside the locked house. They immeidately contacted the Police.

On arrivaal, the Police forced open the door and discovered the woman lying dead on the kitchen floor and the lifeless body of her daughter in the bedroom. Police preliminary investigations indicated the two might have been strangled.

After commiting the double murder, the man apparently took the family car, drove onto the Rooiberg/Bela Bela R516 road and thereafter crashed it into a truck coming from the opposite direction. He died instantly.

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The motive of the suspect behind the incident is still unknown at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out. However, the Police is now investigating cases of two counts of murder and one of Culpable homicide.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has warned community members across the Province to stop resorting to violence and instead seek professional assistance when dealing with domestic challenges.

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