Father kills kids, threatens suicide

2008-09-04 00:00

A widespread search was undertaken yesterday in the Durban area for a man who apparently killed his two toddlers and them informed his wife in an SMS that he was going to take his own life by jumping off a bridge.

Sifiso Ndlela’s mother, who lives at the couple’s homestead in Shongweni near Hillcrest, was yesterday deeply shocked at the murder of her grandchildren.

The grandmother of two-year-old Okuhle and Amahle (3) was unaware of the murders of the boy and girl when the police arrived at the house after 10 pm on Wednesday, said police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge.

The children’s mother, Hlengiwe Mabaso, had left on Wednesday morning to visit her sick mother in Hammarsdale.

Ndlela’s mother did not suspect anything was wrong when she did not see the children playing in the yard as usual, because her son told her that they went with their mother to Hammarsdale early in the morning.

At about 10 pm on Wednesday, Mabaso got an SMS from her husband saying that he had killed the children and was going to jump off a bridge.

Mdunge said she immediately phoned the police and the officers that visited the home found the bodies of the children on a bed in an outside bedroom after they broke down the door.

Detectives could not immediately determine how the children were killed, because there were no obvious signs of violence on their bodies, he said. It is possible that they were suffocated.

Ndlela left a note in the room, in which he asked forgiveness for what he had done. The note continued that it was the only way he could find peace.

According to Mdunge, Ndlela had abused his wife previously.

Mabaso was yesterday still too shocked to give the police details of this or say how it could have led to the murders.

Police began to search for Ndlela in the area, and later widened their search to other parts of greater Durban. By late yesterday afternoon there was still no sign of Ndlela, or his body.

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