East Rand 'monster' holds wife, children captive for years

2014-05-27 19:21

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Johannesburg - An East Rand man has been arrested for allegedly holding captive and abusing his wife and five children for years, a media report said on Tuesday.

The Beeld reported the children - who were tortured with an electric cable and blowtorch - never left the house and have never been to school.

The newspaper claimed that he allegedly kept his wife as a sex slave.

Police confirmed they detained the 36-year-old on Friday for the suspected abuse of five children aged between 2 and 16 years.

"The charges against him are attempted murder, child abuse and defeating the ends of justice," police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini told AFP.

"He appeared in court yesterday [Monday] but he's going to appear again tomorrow [Wednesday] to apply for bail."

Beeld quoted a neighbour as saying: "We didn't know the children existed. I didn't know that for years we've been living next to a monster."

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