Mother, three chil­dren found dead

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHANYISILE NGCOBO

MYSTERY sur­rounds the killing of a young Mpumalanga mother and her three chil­dren, who were found dead in their home yes­ter­day morning.

The body of the woman, be­lieved to be in her twen­ties, and that of her three chil­dren, two boys and a girl, were dis­cov­ered in a bed­room in their Wit­bank home by a rel­a­tive and a do­mes­tic worker. Ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties, the four had been dead for some time.

ER24 spokesper­son Rus­sel Meir­ing said paramedics were called to the tragic scene by lo­cal author­i­ties around 8am.

“When they ar­rived at ap­prox­i­mately 8.15am, paramedics were led into the bed­room, where they found the bod­ies,” Meir­ing said.

“Upon as­sess­ment, paramedics found the mother ly­ing on the floor, while a five-yearold boy, a nine-year-old girl and seven-month-old boy were found ly­ing on their beds.”

Meir­ing said paramedics were un­able to do any­thing for the de­ceased and they were all de­clared dead. The four ap­peared to have been dead for at least six hours.

Mpumalanga po­lice con­firmed the deaths, with Sergeant Ger­ald Sed­ibe also ex­plain­ing that the four were found by a rel­a­tive and maid.

Sed­ibe said: “The maid came to work yes­ter­day morning but found the house locked.

“She then con­tacted a rel­a­tive, and luck­ily, the rel­a­tive had a spare key and was then able to gain ac­cess to the house.”

Sed­ibe said the rel­a­tive then made the grue­some dis­cov­ery and alerted the po­lice.

While po­lice were un­able to pro­vide de­tails sur­round­ing the deaths last night, they did say the causes of death would be­come clear once post­mortems had been con­ducted.

Meir­ing said the bod­ies showed no vis­i­ble signs of in­juries.

Mpumalanga Com­mu­nity Safety, Se­cu­rity and Li­ai­son MEC Pat Ngo­mane has spo­ken out on the in­ci­dent, say­ing he was shocked to learn of the tragedy.

“It is in­deed shock­ing to learn of the deaths of the mother and her chil­dren, and we’re await­ing a full re­port from the po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent,” he said.

The MEC added that while there was no clar­ity on what hap­pened, he was re­lieved that an in­quest had been opened.

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