KWA-ZULU NATAL/PRETORIA – KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa, has expressed his sadness at the killing of two minor children two days ago, allegedly by their father in Ladysmith. “It is sad that people who are expected to protect and love their children are the ones charged with murder,” he said.
The 33-year-old man accused of stabbing his children in their neck and stomach in their sleep is expected to appear in court today (June 1), three days after the official start of National Child Protection Week.
According to police reports, on May 30, at about 8pm the suspect went to his ex-girlfriend’s home in the Gudlintaba area of St Chads, Ladysmith and when he arrived he found the children sleeping. It was then that he killed them. He stabbed the children in the neck and stomach before fleeing the scene. When the mother and grandmother stumbled onto the scene, they found Bongukwenza Mlungiseni Mdladla (4) and Thandiwe Lusanda Madladla (6) dead. The matter was reported to the police and a search was launched for the suspect. Yesterday, the Ladysmith police arrested the suspect in the Ladysmith CBD and is facing two counts of murder.
“We are pleased that the suspect was arrested and will face the law. We hope that justice will prevail and children’s hope brought back especially during this youth month as the suspect destroyed the future of this country ” Major General Langa said.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident in Pretoria, a 32-year-old woman is fighting for her life in Hammanskraal, after the father of her child shot both her and her baby. The child succumbed to the injuries a short while after being rushed to the hospital.