Toddlers hacked to death in Bhobhoyi

2018-02-22 06:01
PHOTO: omega moagiParents of the deceased children Faith Smith (left) and Nonkululeko Khwane.

PHOTO: omega moagiParents of the deceased children Faith Smith (left) and Nonkululeko Khwane.

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TWO toddlers were hacked to death by their uncle at their home in Bhobhoyi on Sunday morning.

It is suspected that a 20-year-old mentally ill man killed his two nephews and critically injured his mother as he went on a rampage. After the incident, he ran off to the N2 highway where he was hit by a passing car and died.

At the time of the attack, the toddlers, his sister’s son Siyamthanda Precious Smith (3), and his brother’s son Thobane Khwane (2), were asleep with their grandmother.

Faith Smith, who is Siyamthanda’s mother, said she was also asleep in another room when she heard chopping sounds as though someone was chopping off branches of a tree that morning, only to be alarmed by screams.

When she went out, her brother Siphamandla Smith, the man responsible, bolted and she ran after him.

Along the way, she said they met up with their cousin Lily Mlindazwe, who had left earlier that morning to get water from the river.

“As I was halfway home, I saw Siphamandla run down the hill and when he reached me he just grabbed my T-shirt and did not say a word.

“As I was still trying to attend to him I heard Faith scream from behind him: ‘Run, run, he’s going to kill you, he killed the children’, after which Siphamandla let go of me and kept running,” said Mlindazwe.

She said she carried on home to find the horrid scene of the mutilated bodies of the children.

“I can’t even sleep at night. In my head, I replay the scene over and over again. It is really hard, nothing is making any sense,” said Mlindazwe.

She said that although Smith had previously had episodes of bewilderment due to his mental health, this was the first time he had attacked anyone with a weapon. “I just pray that my aunt makes it. At least, seeing as she is still breathing, we have hope that she will survive,” said Mlindazwe.

A police report later confirmed that Smith ran to the N2 where he flung himself into a passing motor vehicle and died.

“The Port Shepstone SAPS has registered two counts of murder, one of attempted murder and an inquest for investigation,” said Pandurum.

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