Dad kills wife, son and himself

2014-11-21 00:00

A GREYTOWN businessman shot dead his wife and stepson before turning the gun on himself on Wednesday night.

It is alleged that Phumlani Sithole (47) of Matimatolo area gunned down his wife ­Sebenzile and Nkosinathi (16) after an ­argument over money.

His sister, Thandazile, said Sithole had called her late on Wednesday night telling her that he had shot them both and was about to shoot himself.

“I was too shocked and just dropped the call,” she said. She said she called the police to go to the house but when they got to the home they could not get inside.

She said she called another brother and they both went to the scene just before 2 am.

Sithole’s son (13) had slept through the shootings and was found still asleep in his room.

The shootings had taken place in the dining room, Thandazile said. She said she used a spare key her mother had for Sithole’s home to open the door.

“My brother and his stepson were shot once in the chest each and I could not see where the mother had been shot because there was a lot of blood,” she said.

“Sebenzile was lying on top of her son on the couch while my brother was lying on the floor facing up. A firearm was found next to him,” she said.

A police source said the gun was a 303 rifle. Thandazile said they also found a suicide note on the table urging them to look after his son. She said she could not confirm claims that he shot them because they had been “milking money” from him and wanted to leave him, as the police source claimed.

She said she did not read the whole suicide letter because she was heartbroken and shocked.

“He was not an aggressive man. We are still shocked. It is hard to accept,” she said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of two counts of murder was opened for investigation and an inquest was also opened in respect of Sithole.

Zwane confirmed that the police recovered a rifle at the scene that is suspected to have been used during the killings. The motive for the ­killings is unknown at this stage, he said.

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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