The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape are on the hunt for a husband after the cold-blooded killings of six people on Tuesday night 24 November 2020 at Dabekweni Locality, in Kwaaiman.

The man’s wife and five children were found dead inside their home with an axe not too far away from the scene. 

FAMILY OF SIX MURDERED, HUSBAND ‘DISAPPEARS’ 

Preliminary investigations indicated that the police were called after neighbours discovered that “something wrong” had happened in the home of the deceased family. 

On arrival at the scene of the crime, the police found six people murdered and among them children.

“The deceased persons include a 42-year-old mother and her children aged between six months and 10-years-old. An Axe which was found at the scene of crime is believed to have been used as an instrument in the commission of the murders,” said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana. 

The circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by SAPS detectives and no arrests have been made at this stage. 

“It is alleged that the husband to the 42-year-old mother, and who is of Zimbabwean origin, has disappeared. Police believe that he can assist the investigations into the case,” said Kinana. 

EASTERN CAPE INCIDENT IS ‘SHATTERING’ 

Provincial Commissioner in the Eastern Cape Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga described the incident as shattering. 

“It is inconceivable that just at the opening day of the 16 Days of Activism we can wake up to such a horrible and distressing incident. Whoever is behind these gruesome and heartless murders must be found without any delays,” said Ntshinga. 

General Ntshinga has ordered the activation of a 72-hour plan, in order to ensure that all the necessary resources needed to speed up arrest and finalisation of investigations are in place.

Anyone with information on the murders and the whereabouts of the husband is requested to kindly alert the nearest police station or call the Crime Stop number 08600 10 111. All the information received will be treated with strict confidentiality.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM 

Deputy President David Mabuza, on Wednesday 26 November 2020, launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

This is a focused programme to mobilise society as a whole to join and implement practical programmes aimed at fighting gender-based violence and femicide. The 16 Days of Activism campaign should be about concrete and tangible progress towards the end of violence against women and children. It should never be just simply an annual ritual in our calendar of events,” Mabuza said.

“Together we must build a society that places an enormous amount of its resources to the protection and development of women, to their well-being and their due recognition as leaders of our nation in all facets of human endeavour,” he added.

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Presh JM Reporter

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