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Manhunt launched after mother and her young sons murdered in their home

Jul 23, 2018
Manhunt launched after mother and her young sons murdered in their home

Police say they are very disturbed and shocked by the brutal killing of a mother and her two sons in the early hours of Sunday morning at their homestead in Newtown Locality, Kotishini Administration Area, Mthatha.

"The bodies of the three victims, a 54-year-old mother, her two sons, aged 10 and 7 years old, were found on the crime scene at 05:00. Her 6-year-old daughter was found alive, in a critical condition and was rushed to the hospital for treatment," said police spokesperson, Col Michelle Matroos.

"A neighbour, who heard screams coming from the homestead alerted the police. It is alleged that unknown men entered the premises and attacked the family with what is believed to be sharp objects."

Col Matroos said that the motive for the killings is not yet known and police investigations are underway.

"We condemn this horrific incident in the strongest possible way. I would once again call upon all our rural communities to urgently combine their efforts with our Traditional Leadership, Station Commanders and Community Police Forums to discuss workable strategies and solutions in protecting our women and children," said SAPS Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga.

"Our concern is that such incidents continues to happen despite several efforts done through community engagements programmes to create awareness around the prevention of crimes against women and children. The SAPS is still being summoned to crime scenes where our women and children has been slain for no reason."

She said that she has activated a multi-disciplinary task team comprising of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service Eastern Cape to investigate this attack.

"We will not rest until we have tracked down these heartless criminals and bring them to book."

Any person with information are requested to please contact Detective Captain Thandaza Mshumi on 0824420585 or the nearest police station or Crime stop at 0860010111.