A 36-year-old man appeared in the court today Middelburg Magistrate’s Court this afternoon after he allegedly admitted to killing his two kids by slitting their throats in Tokologo, Mpumalanga.
Two children were brutally killed by their father on Saturday morning at in an apparent act of revenge aimed towards his ex-girlfriend, Middelburg Observer reported.
The man apparently admitted to the murder shortly after slicing the throats of the two children aged 11 and 8 at his home– just metres away from their mothers’ house where she sat completely unaware.
The mother of the kids, was devastated by the incident. Her best friend said the incident has left community reeling and in shock.
“[The woman] dumped [the man] and he’s been resentful ever since. He was constantly texting and threatening her, saying he would kill himself, kill the children or kill all of them,” the friend said.
“We had no idea he would take it to this extent and actually murder his own children”, she added.
According to the friend, on the morning of the double murder, the man called the mother of his children and asked to take them to McDonald’s.
“He lured them into his house. The woman bathed them and put on new clothes. The two kids were so excited about going to McDonald’s and she didn’t mind because he was the father,” she said.
But the happiness was short-lived.
The father first called the eldest child to the house, took him to a back room and slit his throat. Minutes later, his daughter arrived and he did the same.
He then went to his ex-girlfriend’s house and told her she had killed the children who were found covered in blood.
UMhluzi police arrived at the scene and were forced to use rubber bullets to disperse angry residents who wanted to attack the man. During the initial interrogation, the man reportedly admitted to killing the two children and even produced the murder weapon – a sharp kitchen knife.
Police spokesperson Nelisiwe Masemola confirmed the incident saying that the suspect was charged with murder.
During his appearance on Tuesday, the man was remanded in police custody and he will appear in court next week Tuesday for a formal bail hearing.
– Caxton News Service