Man kills wife, child and then self

2011-05-18 16:03

Cape Town - A 41-year-old man shot dead his 31-year-old wife and 8-year-old daughter at their home in Langa, Cape Town, before killing himself on Wednesday, Western Cape police said.

His 4-year-old daughter was wounded and is in a serious condition in hospital, Colonel Andre Traut said.

"The circumstances of the incident are being investigated. The motive is unknown at this stage."

Dockets of murder, attempted murder and an inquest were opened.

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-18 16:09

    Ai ai ai.

  • Copperfield - 2011-05-18 16:24

    So sad

      Barry - 2011-05-19 15:38

      Some 30 years ago this "behaviour" was quite common in White families. Their seems to be a shift in the behaviour of Black men these days. My 2 cents worth

  • Ilse Louw De Beer - 2011-05-18 16:28

    Wat de hel is fout met mense soos die? Los jou bleddie familie uit as jy nie die stres kan hanteer nie hoekom alewig jou hele familie uitwis, vaderland nee man!

      Blue - 2011-05-18 18:53

      Ilse, I am sure that it has to do with the eternal silly notion from men, which some genuinly believe, that we as women with children just 'cannot' survive without them!!!....silly I know...but there you have it!! R.I.P ...the innocents!!

  • Maryna123 - 2011-05-18 16:29

    This is terrible - if the little one survives, she has to go through life with a lot of emotional baggage... - 2011-05-18 16:47

      you could always offer her a home

  • Menki Thakgz Ramatlo - 2011-05-18 16:37

    Now this makes me sick...MEN what gives you the right to kill really, i just dont get how some men think whenever they cant handle whatever situation they are in they kill women and kids why didnt he kill himself and leave the wife and kids now whats supposed to happen to the child that survived is she going to live a normal life knowing that daddy killed mommy and sister?...Men take a stand fight against WOMEN ABUSE if we not protected by you then who its clear that our law is failing women over and over again so guys as a woman a very concerned woman i pledge with you all to seek help if you find yourself in an unbearable situation seek help it wont make you any less of a man this MACHO-LAW is killing you seriously May their souls RIP

      Roger 01 - 2011-05-18 18:31

      I take heed of what you say! However, please do not judge all MEN. I am one and I don't do that. This is tragic enough without sweepng generlizations. There are many examples of women doing equally heinous deeds and we don't condemn women perse!

      tryanything - 2011-05-19 03:04

      any abuse

  • Monica - 2011-05-18 16:51

    Frustration of families are mounting; jobless people; homes being taken back from the banks; police force cannot be there when people ask for help; hospitals short of staff to deal emergencies; it so sad that another life have been lost. My codollences to the families as I have lost a child; 2 days before his graduation a taxi came from the wrong side of the road. It is okay now; 11 years later; but we are all going to vote for a better country; are we not? If it is ANC again; we only have the people of the country to blame for that! Just get rid of the Ministers of corruption and that is most of the ANC ministers!

      Michael - 2011-05-19 09:42

      Monica tackle the problem and stop THE BLAME GAME!!!

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  • Bill - 2011-05-18 17:03

    To take the lives of your innocent children, because you cannot take care of and handle the pressures of life, is nothing short of selfish cowardice! I hope this SOB rots in hell! Tragic….!

  • Compassion - 2011-05-18 17:17

    This is just appalling. My heartfelt condolences to the little girl and the families. Please, don’t play the blame game, for whatever reason this awful deed was done. This tragedy should pull you together. You now have a little girl to raise, together, who will need all your love and support.

  • Liesbet - 2011-05-18 17:18

    Home is the one place a child should feel safe..... but for some kids, home is also hell.....

  • Susan_Kanada - 2011-05-18 17:27

    Who knows what goes through the mind of someone so despondent that they choose to end things in this manner. Some people's entire life is a struggle and it only gets worse if you have serious financial troubles or maybe a disabled child. Usually things build up and build up until the breaking point is finally reached. What he did was certainly wrong, but I don't know his circumstances so I think I'll refrain from hoping he "rots in hell".

  • Perfume - 2011-05-18 18:03

    Stupid question I am going to ask "why open a murder docket when the murderer is dead"

      MJM - 2011-06-30 08:28

      Good question.Stupid Cele's ppl cant even solve an obvious case.Waste time on simple things instead of concentrating on preventing crime in the twonships and targeted surbubs

  • Positivity - 2011-05-18 18:10

    Women who are being abused should speak out and do something about it before it goes too far. So often you'll find that they forgive their partners and go back only to find the abuse happening again and again.

  • happy(~~,) - 2011-05-18 20:08

    I have to agree with Susan..when life goes super well for some, they have the most say, but people who have faced enormous financial, emotional abuse etc difficulty will never judge someone easily.. Lately, people are being retrenched, paid late, not get paid at all etc and the high and mighty thinks its their own doing. No family deserves such a tragedy but remember that we are quick to be negative but wait till your comfortable home and lavish lifestyle slips from under you..It is hard to see a family man buying half a bread and polony for his son to take to school with his odd couple of cents but thank God we who have compassion to the need of man..will step in and help them..

      tryanything - 2011-05-19 03:08

      He probably didnt have a job borrowed up to the hilt wife stressing kid suffering ........we dont have the best social welfare system you know..

      MJM - 2011-06-30 08:30

      Wow happy those are sad words and I understand what you are saying.Beleive you me.

      MJM - 2011-06-30 08:32

      Keep up the good work and I hope to learn from those who seek help

  • Sharon - 2011-05-18 22:40

    Why! why! why! What could honestly be going through his mind to even consider murdering his family. There is always a solution to a problem. It may not be as easy as we would like it to be, but there are still solutions other than murder.

      Chelsea - 2011-05-30 16:05

      I blame it on the community...If anyone knew about their financial situation and did nothing to help, they are as guilty as the Dad. What do you know about a situation forced on you without it being your fault, not a lot of jobs out there, then being conned when you do apply. In the meantime, food is running low, no money to buy more and bills piling up daily, getting threatening calls daily - being told that you're too old or white or experienced to be considered for a job, regardless of being willing to work for ANYTHING... Rental agencies with no humanity, possible homelessness - where do you turn to with the kids you love more than life itself, when you have no one to turn to??? Better to see them dead than suffering or humiliated... What have you any of you done lately to help someone in your community. Do not judge unless you're in the same position !!

  • zozo.mahlangu - 2011-05-19 05:41

    eist some people dnt thnk yazi how cum he killed innocent babies. Yer

  • tybenca - 2011-06-07 13:20

    To a certain degree, I respect him.......... if life was soo bad and finances were "killing" him, at least he did not just shoot himself and leave the rest of the family in dire straights, I feel very sorry for the child that he did not kill as this little being will suffer the rest of her life with the knowledge of her father killing her entire family and she is left alone and in finacial problems for the rest of her life.

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