The family of Richard Mkhari, who was allegedly killed by a farmer who caught him hunting on his farm, is ill and living in abject poverty.
Four of Mkhari's younger children, aged between one and nine, suffer from chronic malnutrition while the eldest, 33, is critically ill with TB.
While other children in Priesca village in KwaZulu-Natal go to school, Mkhari's children stay home with their mother.
Doctors at Maphutha Malatji Hospital in Phalaborwa confirmed that the children were malnourished.
When Sowetan visited Mkhari's house this week, the eldest child, Maria Mukhabukhi was writhing in pain on the dusty floor of the family's one-roomed shack. There was a plate of plain porridge beside her.
A receipt from the health and social development department showed that she was receiving a disability grant.
Mkhari's wife, Rosinah Mukhabukhi, said her husband's death has made their situation worse.
"Life is tough for us," she said.