Image: Archive photo
Image: Archive photo
Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Elias Mawela has strongly condemned the violent and heinous crime that befell the 47-year-old woman and her two children.
On Monday, 1 November, family members of the victim filed a missing persons report with the police in Moroka after they had not heard from the woman and her children in days.
A team of officers were sent to the woman’s residence, in Central Western Jabavu, for a courtesy visit. However, nobody was at home. The police would return several times before the Jabavu community, on Wednesday, handed over a man believed to be the woman’s husband.
Interestingly, he had gone missing around the same time the woman and her children were last seen alive. The suspected husband, believed to be 48 years old, was questioned by investigators who, at this point, had been treating this as a homicide without any bodies.
At first, the man relentlessly denied he had any knowledge of his wife’s whereabouts. However, after hours of intensive questioning, he eventually gave in and told the truth about where the 47-year-old and her two children were.
According to police spokesperson, Brig Mathapelo Peters, the man revealed that his wife and children were buried in separate graves.
“The man eventually led police to a bush in Zondi near Jabulani Hostel where the body of his wife was found. The suspect then led the police to the second scene known as Five Roses at Mofolo Park where the bodies of the children were found,” Peters revealed.
The man has since been charged with three counts of murder in the first degree. He is expected to appear before the Protea Magistrate’s Court, on Friday.
Mawela admitted, though, that this is only the beginning of the process in getting justice for the wife and her children. The crucial part of the investigation lies in the hands of the investigating officers, whose duty is to collect forensic evidence that irrefutably points to the accused.
“We are pleased that the suspect has been arrested and the bodies of the victims found as this will assist the family in finding closure. At the same time, I want to urge our investigating team to ensure a watertight case that ensures a successful conviction and appropriate sentencing in the Court,” Mawela said.