Father drowns his two-month old baby girl in a bucket

APRIL 14, 2015

A 20-year-old man, Lindokuhle Maloka, appeared before the Kanyamazane Magistrate’s Court for murder, police said on Tuesday.

Maloka is alleged to have drowned his two month old baby girl in a bucket filled with water. This horrific incident took place in Pienaar near Nelspruit on the 09th of April.

"According to information, it is said that the 18-year-old mother of the baby was visiting Maloka. On the date mentioned at approximately 10:30, she went out of the house for a moment. It was then that Maloka allegedly took the baby to another bedroom where there was a bucked with water.

"He then drowned the baby. After the ordeal, Maloka left the lifeless body of the baby inside the bucket and went away after he gave his mother a sum of R200," police said.

"When the mother of the baby returned, she went to the room where she left Maloka and the baby but found nobody. She then called him and enquired about his whereabouts and the baby. Maloka bluntly told her that she will find the baby in a bucket. The mother of the baby made the gruesome discovery together with Maloka’s mother.

"The matter was then reported to the police for investigation and the suspect was arrested the same day."

During his appearance, Maloka was not asked to plead but was remanded in custody pending bail application on the 21st of April.