Chilling letter by Limpopo 'killer father' read out in court

2015-11-12 16:30


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Polokwane - The Limpopo father accused of slitting his four children's throats, wrote a letter of apology from hospital to his wife, asking for forgiveness.

Lesiba Kekana gave the letter to a police officer while being treated at Polokwane hospital for his injuries from an attempted suicide.

However, his wife did not want to see the letter, the Magatle Periodic Court heard on Thursday.

Warrant officer Kenneth Madisha told court during Kekana’s bail hearing Kekana gave him the letter on the eve of his discharge at hospital.

Kekana was arrested in September after allegedly killing his four children aged 4, 6, 10 and 13.

Madisha said he took the letter to applicant’s wife Lorraine, who was mourning the deaths of her four sons.

In the emotional letter, read out in court, Kekana apologised to his wife and acknowledged “sorry” would not bring back the dead children.

“Beauty queen, the word 'sorry' will never bring back 'bafanas'. I am sorry to what happened... forgive me and the nation at large. Am sleeping in hospital waiting for jail, I feel sorry. If I had listen to you, boys will not be in cold room..." he wrote.

He reminisced about their children in the letter and how the young boys dreamed of football careers.

After reading the letter, state prosecutor handed it in as an exhibit.

Kekana faces four murder charges after allegedly slitting his four sons' throats at the couple’s home in Zebediela.

Madisha told court Lorraine refused to accept letter and it was returned to the sender.

The court earlier heard prior to the killing, Kekana phoned his wife telling her to bid farewell to her four sons.

However, she refused, saying there was no need, as they are not going anywhere.

He made a second call and forced one of the children to tell her he was busy killing them.

Kekana intend to plead not guilty, although he allegedly confessed to the killing.

The hearing continues.

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