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By Sibongile Mashaba and Tebogo Monama | Oct 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE are baffled by the death of a 21-year-old student who allegedly died after a quarrel with her mother.

The death of Boitumelo Chaka, the mother of an 18-month-old daughter, remains a riddle. She was a student at Pretoria University.

The woman's father, businessman Molefi Chaka, turned himself in to the police at Brackendowns on Sunday. Chaka appeared in the Alberton magistrate's court yesterday and was released on R500 bail.

Inspector William Masondo said: "It's a mystery how she died. The parents say she had an argument with her mother. The mother then called the father, who was in Vereeniging. He came home and and gently restrained her.

"The girl is said to have collapsed and died. The father has been charged with murder and appeared in court on Monday. We are waiting for a postmortem to determine the cause of death."

When Sowetan caught up with Chaka at the Brackendowns police station, he invited us to his home.

"I did not kill my beloved daughter. I was not even around when she died. I was overseas.

"My wife called me to tell me that our dearest daughter was not feeling well," Chaka said.

When Sowetan asked the mother to explainwhat happened, Chaka said he would speak on her behalf.

"We do not know what happened and are waiting for the postmortem results," he said.

When Sowetan contacted their house later yesterday the mother, who refused to give her name, said: "I am not thinking straight. This is a bad time."


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