DRESSED TO KILL
that her ex had come to the house and taken the children. He claimed he was going to buy them ice cream.
Andiswa phoned her ex and he admitted he had the children.
“He told me he would swop them for me – instead of killing them, he would kill me,” says Andiswa. “He told me to arrange my coffin.”
He then allowed the children to speak into the phone.
“They said they were in the veld, and they didn’t know where they were. Muzi told me to call the police.”
Andiswa said she went to a police station and opened a case.
“I asked the police to close the border posts because he would try to take my children home with him to Mozambique.”
As she feared for her life, Andiswe left her home and went into hiding. Her neighbours would later tell her that on two occasions men came looking for her. One of the men carried a gun. Andiswe only returned home when she heard of the discovery of the two bodies. She is sure they are her children; she doesn’t hold any hope that DNA might prove her wrong.
Her children have yet to be buried. Police say they have a known suspect in the case and have asked that he hand himself over.
There is more talk in the township. The ex-boyfriend has been seen in Mozambique; he passed through his village, they say, heading to a place where he will not be recognised.
He made it to Mozambique even though Andiswe still had his passport.
This will make it more difficult for the police to catch him, she has been told.
But if they do eventually catch him, then she and the people of Tshepisong may learn what finally turned a gentle man into a suspected child killer.