A Limpopo father who allegedly hacked his three children to death with a panga will appear in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court today.
The 43-year-old father was arrested on Saturday morning after his three children were found in a pool of blood in his house at Manyii village in Nzhelele, Venda.
Police say the father killed his three sons Tshilidzi, 7, Thabo, 6, and Olugaho, 2, after he accused their mother of cheating on him.
Speaking through a relative, the mother of the children, Rendani Mulavhu, denied that she cheated on her husband.
“She said she is shocked and hurt about these allegations because her husband didn’t say anything to her about cheating,” said the relative who asked not to be named.
“When he started to become violent she ran to neighbours and left him with the children. She is also looking for answers as to why her husband did such a gruesome thing.”
According to the husband’s uncle, the suspect was a good person who adored his children. “We are shocked about what happened because we never saw any signs that he was hurting or having problems.
“I was with him on Friday and he didn’t say anything to me. He and his wife were supposed to buy clothes for the children in Makhado on Saturday,” the uncle said.
He said he was called to the crime scene in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
“When we got there, he locked himself in the house and demanded that we call the police. When the police came he said they should take him to a local prophet for prayers. He was speaking a lot of nonsense,” the uncle said.
The uncle said he wanted justice to prevail.
Another family member told Sowetan the children’s bodies were repeatedly chopped. “I went to their house and it was a horrible sight for me. Their blood-soaked bodies were scattered in the one-room house they lived in,” said the relative.
Tshilidzi and Thabo were pupils at Sikhwivhilwu Primary School in Mamvuka, a nearby village.
Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the three children were murdered while they were asleep in their house.
“It is alleged that the suspect accused his wife of infidelity and said he was not the biological father of the children. He then started chasing his wife with a sharp object but she managed to escape and ran outside to look for help.
“Unfortunately, the suspect went to where the kids were sleeping and killed them.”