In a new criminal act, where men derive pleasure in killing their wives and children, latest report shows that a 49-year-old man is currently in police custody for allegedly killing his wife, Thandi Lala, 48, and two children Hope Lala, 10, and Ntokozo Lala, 9.
According to reports, the man stabbed his family and hid their bodies. The body of the wife was found hidden in a shallow grave in Zondi, near Jabulani hostel, while the bodies of her two children were found dumped in Mafolo Park in Soweto on Wednesday.
The body was discovered by the suspect uncle, Wandile Dlamini and neighbours in the resident, when they perceived a pungent smell coming from the backroom of the man’s house.
The uncle said he had not seen the wife and kids for about three weeks, and the kids for nearly a week, so he reported them missing.
Dlamini said; “On Friday, one of the tenants called me and told me that there was a bad smell coming from the couple’s room and that there were flies at the window.
“I was worried because I had not seen them for a while and thought maybe something was wrong.”
“I took a broom and pretended to be sweeping next to the room so I could peek into their room. I could not see anything but the smell was bad. I went to the police to open a missing persons’ case and to ask them to come and inspect the room for foul play.”
“It was disturbing. The police said they would return on Saturday but they didn’t return until Tuesday.”
“I heard he was around, our concern at that point was the whereabouts of Thandi and the two kids. He came back on Wednesday and I called the cops. They took long to respond so I called Thandi’s family who arrived in less than five minutes.”
Meanwhile the suspect lied to the uncle that his wife lala was sick so she had to be taken to the hospital by her former employer, while he said the kids to go stay with their mother in the hospital.
“He was lying. The police managed to interrogate him. He told them that Thandi died from natural causes on October 25 and that he dumped her body. He confessed to killing his two kids by stabbing them,” He added.
According to Lala’s Uncle Michael Lala; “We don’t know why he could have done what he did. He sent us and the police on a wild goose chase before finally taking us to where he dumped the bodies. We are hurt and hope that the truth about what happened comes out.”
The suspects has been charged with three counts of murder, he is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s court today, Police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said.