‘Bad smell’ leads to deadly discovery
Machaneng Police are investigating a case in which a newborn baby’s body was discovered discarded down a drain in the village’s primary school.
The dead infant was found on 25 April after villagers grew suspicious of a ‘bad smell’ emanating from one of the teachers’ living quarters.
According to a source close to the scene who requested anonymity, a security officer working at the school was arrested and later released in connection with the incident
“Because of the awful stench coming from the drain, a group of us went to open it and investigate. We found a plastic with something inside!” revealed the source, a high-standing member of the village which is located some 80km east of Mahalapye.
“We decided to call people in the neighbourhood, including the school security officers. When we opened the plastic we found the body of a baby. The suspect was also there and she acted shocked.
“We had noticed she was pregnant but a few days before the incident she had a flat tummy. We reported our suspicions to the police and she was detained and released the following day,” continued the source, adding the woman has since relocated to her home village of Chadibe.
Speaking to The Voice on Monday, Machaneng Station Commander, Superintendent Gagopale Gaselarona confirmed investigating such an incident.
He revealed a woman had been questioned and detained in connection with the matter but was released after 48 hours.
“No-one has been charged as yet but investigations are on-going,” declared Gaselarona, adding that once investigations are complete and the cops have evidence linking the suspect to the offence the case will be registered before court.