Satanism, drugs blamed for family killing

2013-05-27 08:44

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Johannesburg - A 14-year-old East Rand teenager who has been accused of butchering four family members to death with an axe was nearly killed by members of the community in Springs, according to a report.

Eyewitness News reported that community members decided to spare the teenager’s life so that he would be able to provide answers to the horrific murders of his mother, grandmother, 7-year-old brother and 3-month-old sister.

A neighbour said the boy was involved in Satanism.

“This guy said he is a Satanist. If he kills he is sacrificing his family for the boss,” said Andries Dlamini.

Dlamini said the teen believed a “higher force” told him to kill his family.

“He said it came from his mind and told him to kill them because of the full moon.”


Two sisters, aged 8 and 9, managed to escape the attack early on Friday and alerted neighbours.

An uncle who was not named said he thought drugs could be involved.

“I cannot say what kind of child he was. Because he smoked things like dagga. It was harmful drugs.”

Dlamini said there was no financial support for the family and he was helping them raise funds for the funeral.

Beeld reported that the teen was arrested on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend in a place of safety.

He is expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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