Man kills wife, son with axe

2007-12-05 20:00

Thohoyandou - A man chopped his wife and son to death and then hanged himself at home on Wednesday morning.

The incident took place at Tshisimani village near Thohoyandou in Limpopo.

"We got a call from his neighbour and when we arrived at the house we found a woman and her three-year-old son chopped with an axe in the bedroom," said Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba.

The man was found hanged from the rafters in another room.

The family's identity is being withheld until the rest of their family has been notified of their deaths.

Meanwhile, in Villa Nora near Ellisras, a 57-year-old man and his wife were attacked in their shop at about 19:30 on Tuesday when they were about to close it.

Three men armed with knives entered the shop and stabbed the man several times when he refused to give them money. He died on the scene.

His wife was tied up with wire, but was able to scream for help until a passer-by heard her.

The suspects had already fled in the couple's double cab Toyota Hilux and are still at large.