- A 10-month-old baby succumbed to a brutal beating at the hands of his father in Bethelsdorp, Gqeberha, on Tuesday
- The 26-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday morning at his home and will appear in the Gqeberha Magistrate's Court on Monday, 27 September
- Grief-stricken South Africans, who recoiled in horror at the news, took to social media to express their shock
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A 26-year-old man is in police custody in Gqeberha after he allegedly beat his 10-month-old baby boy to death on Tuesday.
The incident happened in Bethelsdorp in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM), about 20km northwest of Gqeberha.
According to police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu, the infant and his mother were visiting the suspect, News24 reported.
The baby cried uncontrollably while at the house, Naidu explained, which reportedly sent the suspect over the edge. He then allegedly assaulted the defenceless baby using his fists.
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Mother chased away by suspect
"The mother explained that the baby [was crying because he] may have cramps. The father then started to assault the child on his face using his fists. He then chased the mother away and kept the child with him," said Naidu.
At about 6 am on Wednesday that the mother went back to the house to fetch the child. Instead, she walked in on his lifeless body left in the bedroom.
"She then took her baby's body home and alerted the police. Police in Bethelsdorp arrested the suspect at his house on Wednesday morning before detaining him on a charge of murder," added Naidu.
Mzansi reacts in horror
South Africans on social media cringed and reacted in absolute horror at the story. Briefly News looks at the comments to bring readers all the reactions.
"We are living in a messed up country."
"It goes on, non-stop in SA."
"You just never know where SA is concerned concerning the vulnerable in our society, right?"
"I love all my children. I battle to understand how can a person harm such an innocent soul."
"Oh hell no!!! That poor baby. I trust justice would be just as harsh. With the same measure."
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Ndlovu made complaints to the presiding judge in the Gauteng High Court about her leg shackles. The judge then instructed the police in the courtroom to loosen the shackles.
Riana Williams, state prosecutor, informed the court that Ndlovu's legs had to be shackled due to prior experience with her but could be loosened.