Dad hacks kids with panga

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Masala Muofhe, 27, assaulted his wife, Rhendani Manngo, 24, on Saturday night, hacked their kids with a panga, then hanged himself from a tree.

A group of women ploughing in the fields found Muofhe's lifeless body on Sunday.

Police said Muofhe and Manngo had been arguing for a long time that night before tragedy struck in Gondeni village outside Thohoyandou.

Police spokesman Captain Mashudu Malelo said a fist fight erupted in the couple's house during a blazing row.

He said Muofhe s toned and assaulted Manngo "with his bare hands before she fled from the house into the night".

"Muofhe then allegedly produced a panga and hacked the children on their bodies and heads."

He said the children suffered serious injuries and were fighting for their lives in hospital.