The police of the Free State in Bloemfontein detained a 39-year-old father accused of having assaulted and strangled his 11-year-old daughter.
As police spokesperson Brig Sam Makhele stated, the incident is believed to have happened on Tuesday last week.
The police official said that the bruises on her eyes and clear signs of strangulation (bruises around her neck) indicated that the little girl had been severely assaulted. She was admitted to the Universitas Hospital.
According to the police, the father had tried to commit suicide as he was found with his wrists cut after the alleged assault. The man was taken to the National Hospital under police guard.
The Bayswater police station opened an investigation into the matter accusing the father of the victim of causing grievous bodily harm.