LIMPOPO MEC for safety, Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, yesterday visited a mum whose four young sons had their throats slit on Sunday.
The MEC, who was joined by Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola, promised that her department would pay for the funeral and send social workers to counsel the family.
Lorraine Kekana’s children had their throats slit, allegedly by their father, after he phoned to ask if she had any final words for them. He and the kids were on their way to Gauteng, where he worked.
The 35-year-old mum told Daily Sun: “He first called me and said he was unlucky as he had not come across a truck. He said he wanted to lie in the road in front of a truck so they could all die together. He hung up before giving me a chance to respond.”
Minutes later, he phoned back and Lorraine’s firstborn son told her the other kids were bleeding. She could hear the youngest crying.
“The last time he called, I could hear my kids breathing heavily. I knew they were dying,” she said.
Her sons, Hlologelo (13), Keneilwe (10), Bokang (6) and Lekgoledi (4) were soon dead. She said the family had problems but her uncle had stepped in to help and she thought they were resolved.
“I would never in a million years have suspected he would do something like this. He is a sweet man who attends church,” she said.
Colonel Ronel Otto said the 37-year-old suspect was in a critical condition at Polokwane Hospital after he attempted to kill himself by slitting his throat. “He has been charged with four counts of murder.”
- Daily Sun