Four children murdered: Tip-off leads to arrest of father


    A 52-year-old man and father of the murder children was arrested, the police confirmed in a statement on Tuesday night.

    It is alleged the father informed a neighbor about the murders and pinpointed the location of their bodies. The police were notified and the bodies of all four children, were located within a three kilometer radius. Three of the bodies were found in the nearby bushes and a the third of the youngest child was found next to a mountain, said Police Spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo.

    “Preliminary police investigation revealed that the father stopped the vehicle transporting the children from school along the road on Monday, 17 February at around 15:30. The driver, who apparently knows the father, then let the children leave with him,” explained Mojapelo.

    The children were identified as Katlego (9-year-old boy), Joyce (7-year-old girl),  Tshepo (5-year-old girl) and Adel Phasha (3- year-old boy).

    The motive for the murders is not yet know.

    He was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation led by Cluster Commander of Burgersfort Brigadier Mkhabela together with Mecklenburg Station Commander Colonel Shirinda together with members from the Burgersfort Crime Intelligence, Mecklenburg Detectives, K9, and Malipsdrift Visible Policing units.

    Police Spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the team followed up on information received about the whereabouts of the accused and followed him from an unknown location. He was travelling with one  other person and the accused was intercepted in ga-Phasha village at around 20:30 and arrested, Mojapelo added.

    The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Genl Nneke Ledwaba, has hailed the team for the swift arrest of the accused and thanked the community for assisting the police in locating the suspect.

    The father will appear in Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 20 February on four counts of murder.

    Midrand reporter