Lindokuhle Maloka allegedly drowned his daughter in a bucket filled with water in Pienaar, near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga last Thursday.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the 18-year-old mother of the baby was visiting Maloka. At about 10.30pm she went out of the house for a moment.
“Maloka allegedly took the baby to another bedroom, where there was a bucket with water. He then drowned the baby. After the ordeal, he left the lifeless body of the baby inside the bucket and went away after he gave his mother R200,” added Mohlala.
“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 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,” said Mohlala.
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 April 21, 2015.
In a separate incident, a man allegedly beat his wife with their two-day-old baby in Pretoria West.
Police spokesperson Wanda Oliver said it is alleged the couple were arguing, and the man hit his wife with the newborn baby.
Best Care Ambulance service spokesperson Xander Loubscher said paramedics arrived on scene to find the child drowning in vomit and covered with a towel.
“The mother claimed the father asked about the paternity of the baby, then grabbed the baby by its feet and hit her on the head. She said he then hit the newborn on the floor,” added Oliver.
The infant died shortly after arriving at Kalafong hospital.
– Caxton News Service