'My brothers are bleeding' boy tells mom, as dad slits children's throats

2015-09-07 14:53
A grief-stricken Loraine Nkoana speaks to reporters. (News24 Correspondent)

A grief-stricken Loraine Nkoana speaks to reporters. (News24 Correspondent)

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Polokwane - A Limpopo father who allegedly slit the throats of his four children forced the youngest one to phone his mom while it was happening.

His wife, Loraine Nkoana, 37, said she and her husband had a fight but she was under the impression it had been resolved after an uncle stepped in and mediated.

The wife, speaking in Sepedi, said she started getting abusive phone calls from him on Sunday while he was driving from Gauteng to Limpopo with their four sons, aged 13, 10, 6, and 4.

He called her and told her to say goodbye to them.

"He said to me, 'don’t you have last words to tell your children?', and I said, 'I don’t - because there is nothing that will end their lives,' and he hanged up the phone,” she told transport and security MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phokwana who visited her at her home on Monday.

‘I could hear children screaming’

A while later she received a call from her youngest son, Leholedi, who told her that his older brothers were bleeding.

“He gave the last-born the phone, and my child told me his elder brothers are bleeding. And I could hear children screaming and groaning in the back ground,” said Loraine, weeping.

She then called her parents and asked them to inform the police.

“I could not believe my children were dead.”

The MEC expressed shock at the deaths.

"We just don't understand where does this brutality come from," said Mokaba-Phokwana.

The grandfather, Phineas Nkoana, who is the father of the alleged perpetrator, said he was very shocked.

“I don’t know how this thing happened, what my son did in this house - I don’t know what influenced him. I am shocked, I just pray that she heals,” said Nkoana

‘You don’t know what’s hidden in someone’s heart’

He said he was not aware of problems the couple faced.

“On Friday, when I left for Moria, he came to me and said he was taking the children to their mother in Gauteng, and I asked him, are you taking them out of school, and he said it’s only one day, and he went off.

“It’s just that you don't know what is hidden in someone’s heart,” said Nkoana.

The father tried to commit suicide by cutting his own throat after allegedly killing the children.
He is under police guard in hospital.

Mokaba-Phokwana said: “We want him to live longer, because if we wished him dead, will be reducing his pain."

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