Family murder stuns Inanda

2013-01-06 10:00

The murder of a Durban woman and five of her children has left neighbours and friends reeling – and many are too frightened to pay the grieving family a visit to offer their condolences.

The bodies of Nobuhle Leneha (38) and her five children – Khalelo Bobore (14), Tumelo Bobore (9), Karabo Bobore (7), Simphiwe Bobore (5) and Takiso Bobore (3) were discovered on Sunday in their uMzinyathi, Inanda home.

Only Leneha’s 14-month-old son survived the grisly attack, which doctors estimate happened on Saturday, a day before the bodies were found.

The police legal team is now finalising the extradition of a man from Lesotho, but officers declined to comment on rumours that the suspect was related to Leneha and her children.

During a visit to the Bobore home – the children’s paternal relatives – on Friday, shocked family members spoke of their heartache.

Tankiso Bobore, the children’s uncle, was the first on the scene. What he saw, Bobore said, was “ugly”.

“As a family we are sore.”

It is not currently clear where Leneha’s husband, the children’s father, is.

The Bobore family is planning to meet Leneha’s family to discuss funeral arrangements.

“They were our children and we will bury them,” Bobore told City Press.

The couple’s neighbours all said they had little or no interaction with the family.

One woman, who asked not to be identified, said the family had lived in uMzinyathi for less than two years.

“I have seen the wife occasionally walking up, carrying the baby on her back and I used to wave hello to the man but I have never spoken to either of them,” she said.

The woman said she was unwilling to go and pay her condolences for fear of also being attacked.

Police Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Leneha’s husband had allegedly sent his brother to check on the family after he had tried to reach her by phone unsuccessfully.

Mdunge said Leneha’s body was found in the passage between the kitchen and lounge, stabbed in the chest.

All five children were found dead in the bathroom, each with multiple stab wounds.

He said the 14-month-old boy was found on his mother’s lap, but Bobore disputed this, saying he found his nephew alone in a bedroom.

The little boy only cried when his uncle opened the door.

“He is still too young to notice anything has changed. He still smiles if you play with him,” Bobore said. The boy’s paternal grandmother will care for him.

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