Task team to probe family massacre

2013-01-02 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL police have formed a task team to investigate the slaying of six members of a family at Mzinyathi in Inanda at the weekend.

A 38-year-old mother and five children, aged between three and 14, were found hacked to death on Sunday.

The dead were identified as Nobuhle Leneha (38) and her children, Khalalelo Bobora (14), Tumelo Bobora (9), Karabo Bobora (7), Simphiwe Bobora (5), and three-year-old Takiso Bobora.

Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the six were attacked late on Friday night or Saturday morning.

He said the police were alerted to the killing by the husband of the dead woman.

“The husband made an attempt to phone her, but could not reach her. He asked his brother to find her and he [the brother] uncovered the killings and the husband then alerted the police,” he said.

It was reported yesterday that the bodies of the five children were stacked in the bedroom and that of Leneha in the passage.

The only survivor of the tragedy was a toddler, believed to be around 14 months old. Mdunge said he had been strapped to his mother’s corpse.

According to reports the baby had suffered no injuries, except for being dehydrated and hungry.

Mdunge said a man was taken for questioning but released afterwards because he was not linked to the killing. “We can’t rule out the possibility that he may be arrested.”

Mdunge said the husband had told the police he was not at home when the killings happened.

A task team has been put together headed by Colonel Bheki Khumalo of Inanda cluster to investigate the killing.

• Mayibongwe.maqhina


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