Mahikeng - A 5-year-old girl was beaten to death because she wet herself while she was sleeping, North West police said on Friday.
She was asleep on a couch made up for her as a bed in Boitumelong, Bloemhof, on Wednesday, when her mother's boyfriend saw she had wet herself and the urine had gone into the couch.
''He became frustrated and started hitting her with a belt,'' Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said.
He allegedly tied her to a support structure in the house, lashed her, untied her, and threw her to the floor. When the mother tried to intervene she too was assaulted.
Police and paramedics were called, but they were too late to save her. She had been too severely injured and was declared dead on the scene.
The 29-year-old man was arrested and expected to appear in the Bloemhof Magistrate's Court on Monday.