Tormented mom snaps

2012-12-11 00:00

AS police removed the bodies of a 24-year-old Willowfountain mother, Fikile Mchunu, and her three young children on Sunday morning, an SMS was received on the dead woman’s phone.

“I’ll be with him over the weekend,” it simply said.

Fikile’s family suspect a love triangle may have played a role in the unemployed woman’s decision to take her own life, as well those of her daughter and two sons.

Fikile’s mother, Smangele Mchunu, told The Witness, a woman had allegedly been taunting her daughter for days.

On the eve of the deaths, Mchunu had received a phone call from the boys’ father in Johannesburg, warning her that Fikile had told him she would kill herself and the children.

“I went to her room immediately and told her what I had been told by the father. She told me ‘don’t pay attention to him, there’s no such thing’.

“She’d threatened to kill herself before and did nothing, so I left her alone for the night,” a devastated Mchunu said.

“Fikile was getting messages and phone calls from a woman saying ‘stay with your mother and the children and I’ll stay with the man’,” added Mchunu.

“Even when the police were removing her body from the house, an SMS came in saying: ‘I’ll be with him over the weekend’.”

Fikile is suspected of suffocating her eldest daughter Sfundo (seven), although it was unclear how her sons, Ayanda (two) and Siyanda (one), were killed.

She then hanged herself.

The four bodies were discovered on Sunday morning by a nine-year-old neighbour.

“A child came here on Sunday morning saying she was here to fetch a cellphone from Fikile. I told her to go knock on her door.

“When she knocked, there was no answer, so I told her to push the door hard. She pushed and saw my daughter hanging from the roof inside and just ran,” Mchunu said.

She then went to see for herself and found her daughter and three grandchildren dead.

“Fikile was hanging from the roof. The children were dead. Sfundo had a pillow and shirt covering her face, while the two boys were facing up.”

Sfundo had just passed Grade 2, and was excited to start Grade 3 next year.

“She was a lovely child. We’d send her to do chores and she would always be willing.

“She’d always greet, and she talked a lot. She was a child. She was a good child,” said Mchunu

Ayanda attended crèche, while Siyanda stayed at home with the family.

Mchunu said that the family had been visited yesterday by Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize.

Mkhize’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier was visibly shaken.

“He sent a message to people in the province to give love during the festive season,” said Sibiya.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the circumstances surrounding the deaths were being investigated.

“Postmortems will be held to determine the exact causes of death,” said Jeevan.

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