Bleak future for sons of murderous cop
The future of the surviving children of the former Johannesburg metro cop who gunned down half of his family does not look very bright.
Emmanuel Maloba, 43, opened fire and killed his wife Makelle, his daughter Tabudi, his grandson and then himself..
The incident happened in Gauteng last Thursday when the officer vented his anger on the three.
The two surviving sons - Mamadi, 18, and Maloba, 14 , who are in Grades 11 and 7, face an uncertain future following the killings.
The two boys are preparing for their end-of-year final exams at Tidima high and Lephalala primary schools respectively.
A source close to the bereaved family told Sowetan yesterday that the boys were under severe stress and struggling to come to terms with the loss of their parents.
"You can tell from the boys' faces that they miss their mother.
"They had a special bond with her because she was their pillar of strength. Of their parents, their mother was the closest they could communicate with."
Their mother was a volunteer home-based care worker at the Dwars River Parish at GaRamotjoe village in the Botlokwa area.
An angry family member disputed allegations that the shootings were triggered by unresolved differences between the couple, as reported in Sowetan yesterday.
While Maloba leaves a bitter legacy in an otherwise crime-free rural community, the flipside is that, growing up in the area, he made a permanent mark on the local sporting landscape.
During his early years as a pupil at Mautsi Lower Primary School in Matseke village, he enriched the school's silverware cabinet with many trophies that he won in both short and long distant marathons.
The Malobas will be buried on Saturday at Matseke cemetery in the village.