Police in Limpopo, South Africa, have arrested a 52-year-old father, following the gruesome discovery of his four murdered children.
The suspect, who cannot be named until he appears in court, was traced and arrested by police on Tuesday evening in Ga-Pasha, Selatole village.
“He will be charged with four counts of murder and he will appear in Mecklenburg Magistrates Court within 48 hours,” police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said in a statement.
A 72-Hour Activation Plan was activated after the four bodies, aged between three and nine, were found in Limpopo, in the Mecklenburg area outside Burgersfort.
“The bodies of Katlego and Adel, nine and three-year-old boys as well as Joyce and Tshepo aged seven and five respectively were found in the bushes about five kilometers away from their home,” said Muridili.
The children had apparently been travelling by school transport when the father asked the driver of the bus to let them off. As the driver knew the children’s dad, he permitted him to take them.
“The motive for these brutal murders has not yet been established but investigations continue,” said Muridili.
National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole condemned the murders, saying every community has to take a stance against crimes against women and children.
The police were commended for making an arrest within hours.