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'We fear dad' say children

By Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Sibongile Mashaba | Mar 29, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

CHILDREN of a slain Ekurhuleni mother have fled their home for fear that their father might come and harm them.

The two siblings - aged 8 and 17 - said since their father was released from jail last week they have been having sleepless nights, dreading his knock on the door.

Their father allegedly gunned down their mother at her friend's house in Vosloorus, a few houses from their home in February.

The Boksburg magistrate's court released him on R15000 bail on Wednesday. He is expected to appear in court on April 30.

"We fear he will hurt us as well. He killed our mother and we don't see anything stopping him from doing the same to us," his teenage daughter said.

The children were removed from their home and are now living with relatives in a secret place known to Sowetan.

"We have taken them to live with relatives because we don't want anything to happen to them," their aunt said.

"We are waiting to hear from social workers about what to do next. We foresee a possibility that he might want his children back."

She said she did not know who was living at their home now.

The teenager said what made their fears worse was that their father had not contacted them since his release.

"We don't know what is going through his mind. He is a quiet person and has a short temper. He just snaps," she said.

The man allegedly shot his wife five times, killing her instantly.

After killing her he went home, threw the gun on the floor of the children's bedroom and told them to "go and see your dead mother. I have killed her".

The children ran out of the house and found their mother's body in a pool of blood at her friend's house.

"We cannot erase the picture from our minds," the aunt said. "The little boy talks about his mother all the time. The only thing he talks about is how she died.

"The children have the whole family's support and will be fine in time."

The children will be counselled.

Childline's Nonhlanhla Biyase said: "The father is not capable and fit to parent the children."


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