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Security guard kills girlfriend and their children on Mother's Day

By unknown | May 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola and Sipho Masombuka

Getrude Makhafola and Sipho Masombuka

A quiet Mother's Day afternoon ended tragically for a family of four in Makaunyana, North West, when Elias Baloyi, 28, shot and killed his girlfriend, Dimakatso Mosia, 25, and their children, Tiisetso 6, and Masego, 4.

Baloyi, a security guard, then shot himself.

Mosia's grandmother, Florence Mosia, made the shocking discovery that same afternoon.

Baloyi had had a meal with his girlfriend and children before ending their lives.

According to Mosia's family everything was fine when the grandmother left to run a few errands that day.

Neighbours also said they had not heard gunshots coming from the house.

"When her grandmother left, Baloyi was having lunch and there was no sign of trouble or tension, we are still shocked," said Mosia's aunt, Francina Khumalo.

But three text messages on Mosia's cellphone sent by Baloyi that morning, show that he was a little irritated.

In one message Baloyi said Mosia was happy and was avoiding him "because of the person sitting next to you".

In a second message Baloyi promised Mosia that he was not going to bother her.

He also sent a last one urging her to answer her phone.

Tiisetso's teacher, Victoria Ramokgopa, said she was told by her pupils that police were seen at Tiisetso's house and that he had died.

"I did not know what had happened until today when my pupils told me the tragic news," said the Grade 1 teacher.

"He was a bubbly and clever child. He will be missed."

Police spokesman Inspector Tshwaro Thulwe said: Police found the four bodies with gunshot wounds on their upper bodies lying in the house.

"The man had used his private gun. The motive behind the killing is unknown."

Police seized a 9mm pistol and found seven empty cartridges on the scene.


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