Police management perplexed over 2 horrific incidents of domestic violence

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Police management perplexed over 2 horrific incidents of domestic violence
Police management perplexed over 2 horrific incidents of domestic violence

The police management in Mpumalanga have learned with shock about two domestic violence incidents which occurred in Carolina during the week.

In the early hours of Friday 27 November 2020, a mother and her two sons were shot and killed whilst her daughter is fighting for her life in hospital after being shot as well. The husband was also found dead with a firearm next to his body. The horrific incident is believed to have been fuelled by domestic violence.

According to reports, on the sad day, police and the medical personnel were notified by a family member about the gruesome incident and upon arrival, four members of the same family were found lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds. There were no signs of life. The woman aged between 35 and 40, her sons aged 1 and 7 respectively, as well as her husband aged 40 were certified dead by the paramedics. Her 9-year-old daughter was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The preliminary investigations so far suggests that the husband is believed to have used his licenced firearm to wipe off his family before turning the gun to himself however the police are continuing with their investigation. A family member became concerned when he could not get a response from the man after trying to contact him several occasions and he decided to pay them a visit and that is when he discovered the terrible incident.

Meanwhile in another domestic violence related incident, a mother and her two kids aged 5 and 7 years respectively were reportedly torched by her 35-year-old husband at Nkanini township also in Carolina.

This terrible incident occurred on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. According to the information at police disposal, the man allegedly locked his wife and kids in their shack house. He then poured petrol and set the shack alight. Due to the raging flames, the man also got burnt. The three victims were rescued by their neighbors after crying out in anguish and were then taken to hospital for medical treatment. The police were notified about the incident and three counts of attempted murder case was opened. The man was arrested and is currently under police guard where he is expected to appear in court soon.

The management of the police in Mpumalanga has since condemned these incidents, one occurred in the eve of the 16 Days of Activism For no Violence Against Women and Children. Whereas the second incident took place two days after the launch. The police has since made a clarion call for members of the public to make use of all available resources whenever they face life challenges than to resort into violence.

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