Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said: “It is alleged that the suspect from Moletlane-Mmatjatji and his wife, who was staying at her grandmother’s house in Gauteng at the time, were not in good terms,” Review Online reported.
“He collected the children on Friday and went to Gauteng to visit his wife,” Otto added.
It is alleged when they returned home to the village of Magatle, he killed the four children, all boys.
“He allegedly cut all four boys’ throats with a knife and afterwards attempted to commit suicide.”
“He was transferred to hospital and is in a stable condition,” Otto said.
When he is discharged, he will appear before court on four murder charges.
In March this year, a man accused of killing a two-day-old baby – believed to be his daughter – abandoned his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court.
Alexandre Forba appeared briefly on Wednesday morning before Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair to face a schedule five offences for the alleged murder and another charge of assault.
It is alleged Forba used the newborn baby as an instrument to assault her mother during an argument with the woman about the child’s paternity.
Forba was arrested in February after police, flat mates and paramedics had to intervene to get him to stop hitting the woman all the while also dangling the child by her feet.
At the time, the mother told paramedics the accused had hit the baby against the floor.
– Caxton News Service