Neigbours were left in shock after a bad smell led them to a gruesome discovery in a darkened house in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni in South Africa where they found bodies of a mother and her three children with their throats cut. According to DailySun SA, it is suspected that a Somalian man killed his wife (32) and his three daughters aged between nine months and 12 years on Monday night. He then fled the scene. “I got suspicious when I didn’t see the family on Wednesday, but I didn’t go looking for them,” said neighbour Douglas Mandunda. “The man didn’t like it when we checked on them or gave them food. But there was a bad smell coming from the house, so we investigated.”
The house was unlocked. They called the cops when they saw the bodies lying on the floor. “The man often abused his wife when she begged for food from the neighbours. Sometimes he locked his family up for days,” Douglas said.
Another neighbour said he had reported the situation to the police on two occasions but no action was taken by the police. “He was violent with everyone in the community,” said Ayanda Mthethwa, who blamed the police for the murders. “This could have been prevented if the police had intervened.”
Police spokesman, Captain Thekiso Mofokeng said they would look into the allegations of their failure in the matter. He said a manhunt has been launched for the father, who is still on the run.
Ekurhuleni mayor, Mondli Gungubele has condemned the killings. “Whoever is behind this must be arrested as soon as possible and be locked away for a long time. Who would murder so many people in such a horrible manner?” he queried.