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Man forces 3 to rape wife and murders son


A NATIONAL police search is under way for a Limpopo man who allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home, ordered his workers to rape her, sliced her breasts, and then shot dead his own teenage son.

The 51-year-old man is on the run from Modimolle, Limpopo, where the attack took place at about 5pm yesterday.

Police have described him as armed and dangerous.

He is believed to be travelling in a white Toyota Fortuner with registrati­on number DCS 392 FS.

Police are not sure which direction he headed in hence they are conducting a national search.

The Star is not publishing the man’s name to protect his raped wife.

“He is a wanted man on charges of murder and rape,” said national police spokesman Vish Naidoo.

“We have circulated this man’s details and his vehicle’s descriptio­n throughout the country.”

The other three men are believed to have fled the scene on foot in different directions. Their role is not clear.

Police said it was not a hostage situation, but also that they were believed to be the employees of the man and were apparently acting under orders from him.

None of them has approached the police after fleeing the scene.

Limpopo police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said the wife had given a detailed account of the assault and murder.

“Yesterday at around 5pm this man visited his wife. They had a falling-out and are going through a divorce,” said Mulaudzi.

“He went inside and accosted her. He took her to her bedroom, and ordered three unknown males, believed to be his workers, to tie her up on the bed with ropes.

:The man had a .22 rifle with him,” he said. “He then gave them instructio­ns to rape her.”

The woman’s breasts were cut with a knife.

“We believe he was trying to remove them,” said Mulaudzi.

“The man’s son came home and caught them in the act. Without any hesitation, the father shot him in the head with a single bullet. The 19-year-old died instantly,” said Mulaudzi.

“The (suspect) was startled and ran for it,” said Mulaudzi.

He had apparently fled in the Fortuner, leaving behind the other three men who then, said Mulaudzi, disappeare­d in different directions on foot.

“We are still searching for him. He has no previous conviction­s and is self-employed,” said Mulaudzi.

The man is understood to be running his own small business in Modimolle. “He is also armed and very dangerous. We believe the three men were following orders from their boss, who had a firearm in his hand and was very enraged,” said Mulaudzi.

He said the three employees would probably also be charged, depending on the informatio­n that would emerge.

Police did not know why the three had not come forward already and there was concern that they might be immigrants who would flee across the border to neighbouri­ng countries.

The woman was treated and discharged from hospital last night.

The police are appealing to anyone with informatio­n to come forward.

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