Police in Northern Cape are investigating following the discovery of the bodies of two young girls in a deep freezer on Monday.
The two friends, aged 4 and 5, were reported missing on Sunday in Bankhara.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said, while a search was under way around 09:00 on Monday, a neighbour informed them that she had found the two bodies in an unused fridge while placing her house keys inside it.
"It is reported that the neighbours used to put their house keys in that freezer. That's the reason she could notice that the kids are inside the freezer," Ramatseba said.
Cluster Commander Major General Johan Bean has urged residents to look after their children and keep unused freezers out of their reach.
According to one of the girl's mothers, Mmabatho Ndenzela, the screams and cries from the neighbour who discovered the bodies alerted them, IOL reported.
The mother said the two girls had became friends and neighbours after they moved to Bankhara, near Kuruman, from Mothibistad in 2018.
The publication reported that the distraught mother said that she was now faced with the challenge of the burial costs as she is unemployed and has no insurance policies to bury her child.