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5-year-old watches dad kill mom

By McKeed Kotlolo, Katlego Moeng and Boitumelo Tshehle | 2013-01-02 07:31:30.0 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

A TERRIFIED five-year-old boy allegedly watched helplessly as his agitated father assaulted and shot his mother before turning the gun on himself at their home.

The incident occurred at Senotlelo village in Mpumalanga minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Colonel Leonard Hlathi, of the Mpumalanga provincial police, said yesterday that the 40-year-old man and his 26-year-old wife, of Mmametlhake district, were quarrelling at about 11.30pm while the five-year-old looked on.

The man apparently assaulted his wife before shooting her.

"The helpless boy rushed to his mother's parent's home and reported the incident. Family members accompanied him back to the scene and on the way there, they heard a gunshot.

"They arrived at the scene and found that it [the gunshot] was their son-in-law committing suicide. He died at the scene.

"The woman was then rushed to Mmametlhake Provincial Hospital in a serious condition.

"She died in hospital yesterday morning from the injuries she had sustained."

  • Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man is expected to appear in the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court today for allegedly stealing a firearm and police uniform, North West police said.

Police spokeswoman Captain Aafie Botma said towards the end of last month, a policeman was robbed of his uniform and firearm at his home in Ikageng, outside Potchefstroom. The suspect was found with two sets of police uniforms and a firearm belonging to the policeman.

Members of the public reported that there was an imposter seen several times wearing a police uniform.

On New Year's Eve, the "cop" was arrested.

Botma said the man would be charged with housebreaking and theft.

  • In other incidents, two Limpopo police officers are alleged to have used their service firearms to shoot their wives.

A 50-year-old warrant officer allegedly shot his wife in the face on Christmas Day at their home in Mmotong, near Polokwane.

The other officer, 46, allegedly shot his wife in the stomach and upper body on December 26.

At Mankweng, three men were arrested for allegedly stabbing to death a shop owner during a night-time robbery on December 21.


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Hia Dei Kum, Sum Tin wong

2013-01-02 07:45:09.0 | 0 replies


That is such a sad story. It is so hard to watch someone you care for being so stupid and self destructive. I've been there too. You can't do anything about it except be there to pick up the pieces when she finally wakes up. Its like an alcoholic - they have to help themselves before you can help them

2013-01-02 13:09:53.0 | 0 replies

Its all because of a woman.

2013-01-02 13:17:34.0 | 0 replies

MommaC- (happy new year!!)

Domestic violence is a problem, even here in the UK, on average, 10 women get murdered by their abusive partners every week. As a man, I cannot, for the life of me, understand some women who keep going back to an abusive slimeball, just because they have children together. Women need to understand, losing an abusive breadwinner is much, much better than losing your life. I always think us men were lucky to have women on this earth.

2013-01-02 13:19:33.0 | 0 replies

what a sad story, poor boy is left orphaned now

2013-01-02 13:35:29.0 | 0 replies


Happy 2013 to you too - lets hope we have fewer of these type of incidences this year.

For many years, I used to volunteer at women's shelters. It is so hard to understand the mind set. Many of them are so emotionally abused that they seem to think it is their fault that they get beaten and that they are lucky to be loved by the monster because nobody else would ever love them. Others are strong, women with high power careers and yet they also go back. It is a sick kind of sadomasochism symbiosis. The poor kids stuck in the middle are the ones I feel sorry for as they are more likely to grow up as abuses or abused.

Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do when someone is a willing victim.

2013-01-02 13:38:03.0 | 0 replies

MommaC- If only we had powerful Child Protection Unit, Social Services Dept and a directorate of Public Prosecutions Departments, domestic violence and child abuses would be minimal. But our lovely corrupt govt, is only concentrating on filling their pockets and stomachs. I foresee a bleak 2013

2013-01-02 13:44:08.0 | 0 replies


Well I suppose Baby P showed that it can happen anywhere but, yes, our social services here are ABYSMAL. The training is just pathetic and the social workers have a case load that makes it completely impossible for them to be effective. Very sad.

2013-01-02 13:49:16.0 | 0 replies

nice father that is, so a father is a k!ller and a child is growing to also be a potential k!ller, what a strange society SA is breeding. Bring the cleansing already, WOOF! WOOF!

2013-01-02 13:54:54.0 | 0 replies

I hope o ne o itshwere sentle ko Limpopo

Happy new year Divas....hope you all in one piece and k*ku was locked in a safe! lmao!
happy new year galfriend, ha ha ha ha ha ha i made sure it stays dry da whole festive season.

2013-01-02 14:28:53.0 | 0 replies

That means gore o omeletse nnyy0 mos??

2013-01-02 14:38:48.0 | 0 replies