SHONGOANE — Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale police spokesperson, says on Sunday he was on his way to Lephalale police station from Shongoane when he saw that the Palala river was flowing strongly. On Monday morning 4 April he warned the Shongoane and surrounding communities on Lephalale FM that it is important for them to look after their children to ensure that they do not go and play in the river. On Monday afternoon the police received a report that children saw a person in the river. The children said they saw a “big snake” in the water.
According to W.O. Mokoena, the parents went to the river to investigate and they found the body of a 44-year-old female, Tshidi Anna Magano, in the river.
The police were called and the body was removed from the river. W.O. Mokoena says her skin was removed from her side and she had an injury to her left eye. It is not yet sure if she was injured before she died. W.O. Mokoena says, according to some of the community members, she was mentally disturbed and went missing after she repeatedly returned to a nearby tavern after being taken home a few times.
A post mortem will determine the cause of her death.
A case of inquest was opened at Villa Nora Police per CAS9/4/2016.