Police in Giyani, Limpopo have arrested a 29-year-old woman for the murder of her 10-month-old daughter whom she buried in a shallow grave. The incident happened on Tuesday, 22 August 2023.

According to information, the suspect, who is a landlord at Giyani Section F, left her house to visit her boyfriend on 19 August 2023. Her tenants started to ask her about the whereabouts of one of her children who suddenly disappeared.

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They became suspicious on 21 August 2023 when they looked around the yard and noticed a shallow grave. Community members gathered at her house in her absentia and Police were notified. They immediately followed the leads and traced the woman.

Giyani Woman buries her 10-months old in a shallow grave
Crime Scene

She was taken to her house, where she pointed to a shallow grave in which she buried her daughter who was allegedly having disabilities. It is alleged that she indicated that her daughter died following a sickness, and she decided to bury her alone since she did not have a birth certificate. The child’s body was exhumed and the suspect was arrested.


The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident. “Postmortem to determine the actual cause of the death of the child is still to be conducted.”

The suspect will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 24 August 2023.