Pungent Smell, Flies Lead Neighbours To Bodies Of Mother, 10-Year-Old Son

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A pungent smell and a swarm of flies alerted neighbours that something was wrong – especially considering that they has not seen the mother of the house next door and her young son for days.

Concerned, the neighbours got in touch with the woman’s brother who lives elsewhere.

The brother called the police and asked them to check on his sister and her son at their house in Letlhabile, near Brits.

When police arrived on Friday they found the door open – there were two bodies inside.

48-year-old Emily Mashabela ‘s half-naked body was found lying on the couch. Her 10-year-old son, Thabiso’s body was found inside his room.

“At this stage, the police cannot confirm the cause or the motive of the killings. Investigations into the matter are underway,” said Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani.

The police request anyone who may have information that can assist in the investigation, to contact the Investigating Officer, Captain Tokkie Du Plessis, on 082 575 8228 or call the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number on: 08600 10111.

Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via the MySAPS App on your smartphone.