Madam Deputy Speaker, on Saturday 11 November 2006 the Letsitele Police received information from the community at Nkambako village at Nwamitwa that a lady was alleging that her two-year- old daughter had gone missing on Monday 6 November 2006. After the report was received, members of the SAPS proceeded to the village where they interviewed a young lady, Pinky Malatji, who is 19 years old. During the interview, the young lady admitted to the police that she had strangled her two-year-old daughter on Monday 6 November 2006 and buried her, still alive, in a shallow grave at the Shilovola River near the Nkambako village. The lady then accompanied the police to the alleged scene of the crime where the body was found in a decomposed stage. The young mother, Pinky Malatji, was arrested for murder and will appear in the Ritavi Magistrate's Court on 13 November 2006.
This indeed is a sad occurrence. It should never have happened. It highlights the difficult choices many of our young mothers face. It speaks of the need to disseminate the message that the ANC government cares and is prepared to assist our people and has programmes in this regard. For our poor people there are support grants. [Time expired.]