Tragic Loss: Two Children Allegedly Hacked to Death by Father Laid to Rest in South Africa

Tragic Loss: Two Children Allegedly Hacked to Death by Father Laid to Rest in South Africa

Heartbreaking Tragedy Strikes as Father Allegedly Murders Sons and Takes His Own Life

In a deeply distressing incident, two young children were allegedly brutally murdered with a machete by their own father before he took his own life in Limpopo, South Africa.

The heart-wrenching incident has left the community in shock and mourning.

Discovery of the Deceased Children

The lifeless bodies of the two victims, identified as Asakundwi Mbulaheni (7) and Uhone Mbulaheni (4), were discovered in the bushes on a fateful Tuesday morning, September 26, 2023. The tragic discovery unfolded in Mapakophele village, located in the Mphephu region of Limpopo.

Father’s Apparent Suicide

The alleged perpetrator, a 41-year-old man named Thilivhali Mbulaheni, was found hanging by his neck from a tree near the scene.

Nearby, the two young boys lay with open wounds on their bodies, indicating a horrific and tragic end to their lives.

Family Separation and Grim Message

Reports indicate that the mother of the children lived in Mapakophele Village, while the father resided in Tshituni Village with one of the boys.

The parents had separated, and the father had taken the other son during a heritage long weekend.

In a chilling twist, the father had sent a message to the mother, expressing his intent to take his own life and the lives of their sons.

Community Response and Police Intervention

Community members made the grim discovery and promptly alerted the authorities. Limpopo police were called to the scene at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, they found the father’s lifeless body hanging from a tree, with the two young boys nearby.

A machete, believed to be the murder weapon, was also confiscated. Police have initiated investigations, opening two counts of murder and an inquest docket.

Motives Under Scrutiny, Domestic Violence Suspected

The motive behind this harrowing incident remains under investigation by the police.

While the investigation is ongoing, domestic violence is being considered as a possible factor in this tragedy.

Appeal for Non-Violent Solutions

In response to this devastating event, Limpopo police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has appealed to communities to refrain from resorting to extreme violence when facing domestic or relationship challenges.

The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle against gender-based violence and the importance of finding non-violent solutions to conflicts within families and relationships.

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