Father hacks son to death

2011-04-27 00:00

HER four-year-old son dying with an open gash on his forehead and a bloodstained axe next to him is the horrific image that a Pietermaritzburg mother will carry for the rest of her life.

Community members in Sweetwaters in the Vulindlela area are shocked by the killing.

They discovered the dying Andile Mzobe in the house his parents rented at about 2 am yesterday.

Behind the door they found Andile’s father — Nkosinathi Mzobe (30) — who had hanged himself.

It is not clear how many times Mzobe hacked his child on the head before he committed suicide.

A traumatised Lindiwe Magwaza (21) said she was sleeping with her boyfriend in the same house when they were awakened by a terrible noise.

“My boyfriend went to investigate, only to find Andile lying on the sofa with a gash on the head.

“He called me to see what had happened to the boy. I shouted at Andile to wake up.

“ By then the tears were running down my face,” Magwaza said.

“I went back to my room to check on my two-year-old daughter because I had this terrible feeling that she had also been killed.”

Magwaza said about seven hours earlier Mzobe and Andile’s mother, Khumbuzile Gasa (25), had quarrelled.

Gasa left the house without saying where she was going.

Andile — who was crying — followed his mother who later took to him to her elder sister.

“Mzobe went to Khumbuzile’s sister to fetch the child back.

“In the house he spanked the child for urinating on himself.”

“But everything went quiet before we were awakened by the incident,” Magwaza added.

Thoko Ntuli — the couple’s landlord — said Mzobe suspected his girlfriend of five years of having an affair with a local man.

“At about 2 pm Nkosinathi said he saw his girlfriend’s boyfriend, and he said he was concerned that Khumbuzile was not going to sleep in the house last night,” said Ntuli.

Gasa, who has since moved back to her parents’ house in the kwaShange area, said she was informed by her sister that Gasa had killed their son.

“I rushed to the house only to find my boy already dead and lying in pool of blood.

“I had left the house because people told that they saw [Mzobe] carrying a stick searching for me, and I know that he wanted to beat me up,” she added.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said a murder case and inquest dockets have been opened.

She added, “Police believe that this is domestic dispute-related incident.”

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