Police in Mahwelereng outside Mokopane launched an intensive manhunt for a man believed to be involved in the double murder of a 20-year-old woman and a two-year-old child. The woman and child were found, both strangled to death, at a lodge near Masodi Village in Limpopo.

According to a police statement, a man and woman, together with a toddler were dropped off at the gate of a lodge by a grey unknown vehicle at 7pm on Tuesday, January 12. The lodge is situated along the R518 road between Mokopane and Marken road.

The couple rented a room but did not provide any personal information. They assured the receptionist they would check out the following day at 9am.

The next day there was no sign of them and the receptionist assumed they had already left the property. On Thursday she went to the room and discovered the bodies of the young woman and child. Both were strangled, their hands were tied behind them and their bodies were in a state of decomposition.

The receptionist immediately contacted police who attended to the scene and launched a massive search for the man believed to be involved in the double murder. Domestic violence has not been ruled out.

Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Limpopo, instructed that the 72 hour activation plan to track down the suspect be implemented.

Police are also asking members of the community to help with any information that could help in their investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

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