A 42-year-old woman and her five children aged between six months and 10-years-old have been found murdered at their home in Dabekweni near Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. The police were alerted by neighbours who suspected something bad had happened at the home of the deceased.
On arrival, police found the six bodies in a pool of blood. Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga says it is inconceivable that this horrible crime happened on the opening day of 16 Days of Activism.
Police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana says the deceased were all hacked to death with an axe that was also found at the crime scene.
He says the motive behind the gruesome killing is investigated and are calling for assistance in finding the perpetrators.
“Six murder cases have been registered for investigation. A man believed to be a husband to the deceased mother has disappeared without any trace at the moment. We are therefore requesting community assistance in finding the husband whom we believe is in a position to assist police investigation into the incident. Any information received will be treated with strict confidentiality.”