Women's Day tragedy
WHY did he do this terrible deed? What made a father kill his two children by hanging them?
Family members, friends and the community of Mpembeni Reserve and the City of uMhlathuze are grasping for answers to this heartbreaking saga that took place on Women’s Day.
Ward 13 Councillor, Jabu Hadebe, said the community was shocked to learn that the children’s father, Nkosinathi Ndlela
(38), had handed himself over to the police, admitting he had killed his son Sambulo (8) and daughter Unamandla (4). ‘We don’t have clarity on what led to this tragedy. I only heard from neighbours that the suspect and his wife, Ntombi, had had a heated argument before the incident.
‘It is also unclear where the mother was when the hanging took place. ‘When I visited the family, Ntombi was too traumatised to speak about the tragedy. I happen to know Sambulo, who was doing Grade 1 at Mpembeni Primary School, at a personal level.
Ndlela’s wife works at Icora FM as a radio presenter, while her husband has been unemployed since resigning as an interpreter at the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court.
Icora FM’s Secretary of the Board of Directors, Lungani Buthelezi, said the station was deeply saddened by the untimely death of the two children. ‘We feel the pain of Mama Ndlela, who is undergoing a difficult period while the country is celebrating Women’s Month. Losing children is the worst experience for a mother,’ he said.
KZN MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza, said she was shaken by the tragedy.
‘It is alleged that the accused opposed his wife’s plan to go with the children to see her parents in Nseleni at the weekend.
‘According to the report we received, the couple had a domestic dispute, as the wife had to participate in a Women’s Day event where she was to be the co-programme director.
‘Her husband was apparently opposed to her participation.
‘The department has arranged social workers to provide support to the mother of the children, learners of the crèche and school which the victims attended.
‘We call upon leaders of society to unite and show public disapproval of the abuse of women and children,’ she said.
Khoza further called on law enforcement agencies to have no mercy and to punish anyone found to be involved in the abuse of vulnerable members of society.
‘We appreciate the fact that the perpetrator of this gruesome act is in jail,’ she said.
King Cetshwayo Cluster Police spokesperson, Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, said Ndlela led the police to his house and pointed out where he had hanged the children.
‘The boy was found hanging in his bedroom and the little girl was found in the toilet.
Nkosinathi made a brief appearance in eSikhaleni Magistrate’s Court on Monday and is expected to appear again for a formal bail application this coming Monday,’ said Mdlalose.
> The memorial service for the children will take place at 10am today (Thursday) at Mpembeni Primary School.
Father takes the lives of two young children
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