Tomorrow (Saturday) 32-year-old Palesa Ndakane of Motlhabeng village in Mahikeng lays to rest her beloved son Hlohonolofatso.
This toddler’s death is not like any other painful loss, it is also a reminder of how your loved one is equally capable of hurting you beyond measure. Ndakane’s three-year-old toddler was murdered by her mother’s boyfriend, a stepfather to her kids.
The body of three-year-old Hlohonolofatso was found in a pool of blood in Bokone village - also in Mahikeng - on Wednesday last week. Ndakane’s elder son, seven-year-old Mosa, was also stabbed by the same man, but has since been discharged from hospital after being rushed there with serious injuries.
The grieving mother told Newsnote that what she saw as an ordinary lover’s tiff is her son’s life. “We had an argument, but it wasn’t a big deal. He wanted to know why I had not saved his number on my phone, so it became an argument.
I then decided to go sleep over at my sister’s place in Mocoseng. The next day when I woke up I went to drop off my son in Signall Hill, then went to work. Only for him to go fetch the kids,” Ndakane said. The mother of two, who works at Arum Institute in Mahikeng, said she was at work she was alerted to the stabbing incident.
“This situation is very difficult. Every day bears different results so all in all, I am not sure how I feel. I however find strength in my elder son. It would have been another story if he wasn’t alive, but at least he gives me a reason to go on,” said Ndakane. The culprit, a 33-year-old man, was found dead in a car parked under a tree in Moletsamongwe village outside Mahikeng.