Police aren’t ruling out the use of muti as a motive for the murders of four children in Kwanzimakwe on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) south coast.
The siblings, aged between four and 12, were found dead on Saturday morning.
Their mother had left them home alone, while she went to a shebeen.
Police say some parts of the children’s bodies are missing.
According to Nqobile Gwala, KZN SAPS spokesperson, “The three that were found inside the house sustained multiple stab wounds and also their left ears were cut. The motive for the attack is still unknown at the stage. We are still investigating four counts of murder and a (case of) child neglect.”
The children’s mother, who is the person being investigated for child neglect, thinks someone who is known to her family, may be behind the attack.
The incident has left the entire village in shock.
“God is looking at this, it’s like we are not human, the ubuntu has died within us and I’m pleading, as an elderly mother, that please, let’s stop this,” says Nomusa Mqwebu, Ray Nkonyeni local municipality Mayor
The government has vowed to help the family with funeral arrangements.
A man was taken in for questioning, and was later released.
No arrests have been made as yet.