A 39-year-old mentally challenged man from Sekgakgapeng, outside Mokopane, has reportedly thrown himself in the Mogalakwena River and drowned. It is alleged that the man left his home on 27 July, at about 13:00.

He was recognised by a neighbour, who then called his family, but he had already drowned. An Inquest case was opened by Mahwelereng Police.


Police at Mahwelereng Waterberg District, Limpopo received a complaint about drowning and immediately sent members of the Provincial Search and Rescue Unit to the scene.

A mentally challenged man throws himself into the Mogalakwena river
Mokopane Town

In another incident, a 28-year-old mentally challenged woman who was highly pregnant was reported to the Police on Tuesday, 25 July.

This after it was noticed the baby had slipped into the pit toilet while she was using the restroom to relieve herself. She then hurried to the hospital for help.

Search and Rescue Team as well as Emergency Services Personnel discovered the stillborn and was retrieved. The woman is still in the hospital for medical attention. Police have opened a case of concealment of birth. She is residing at Ga-Matshana Penge.


To prevent this kind of disaster, Police are pleading with the community to take care of mentally challenged family members and send them to the appropriate institution for their well-being.

Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has cautioned the families to take care of the mentally challenged family members. She also urged families to get professional aid for them.