THE BODY of a 32-year-old woman was found hanging from the roof of her shanty by her common law husband on Saturday night.
The couple’s three-year-old daughter was outside at the time of the incident, which took place in Homelite at about 7pm.
Nicolaas Vosloo said yesterday that he had tried everything possible to resuscitate his partner, Emmerentia Vosloo.
“We lived together for the past six years and had two children, a boy aged 15 and a daughter who is three years old,” said Vosloo.
“When we first met, we slept on the hard ground without any shelter, braving the cold winter months and weathering the bad elements together. Emmerentia was pregnant at the time. It was only a year ago that I managed to find some zinc sheets so that we could build a home inside a shack.”
He indicated that Emmerentia had never threatened to take her own life.
“I am now a single father who is responsible for bringing up a young daughter. I cannot understand what her motive was. She never mentioned anything before she took her life.
“We had an insignificant argument and I decided to go out for a short while. Emmerentia usually goes to sleep inside the shanty whenever we have a fight.
“My daughter and I sat outside warming ourselves by the fire for about 30 minutes and we never noticed anything strange. When I wanted to go to bed I opened the shanty door, only to find her lifeless body. She had taken one of my belts and hooked it onto the wooden rafters before she hung herself.”
Vosloo said that he had applied CPR in an unsuccessful attempt to revive Emmerentia.
“I was crying the whole time. Our daughter witnessed the whole incident and is in a state of shock.
“We did not sleep inside the shanty on Saturday night.”
He said that the funeral would be held next week.
Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, said that the police had opened an inquest docket after the body of a woman was found hanged from the roof of her shanty.
“The investigation continues,” said Tawana.