Two Grade 12 pupils were allegedly hacked with an axe at their rented house in Ngwangwane Village in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality (Creighton), KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, over the weekend.
In a statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development on Tuesday, the two girls were allegedly hacked by a man in his 20s who also dismembered their bodies. The statement added that one girl’s body was left in the house, while the other was found five kilometres away from the scene.
MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said the attack on defenceless pupils was totally abhorrent and a reflection of the worst form of criminality and decline of morals. Khoza said she found the whole thing “totally abhorrent and sickening”.
“It is very painful that we start Women’s Month with such a horrific incident. We find solace in the fact that law enforcement agencies quickly arrested the suspect, even though he tried to evade justice.
“The fact that police did not sleep when the suspect jumped into the river should bring much confidence to the community that he will be sentenced and serve jail time,” said Khoza.
She said all those involved in murders did not deserve to stay among peace-loving people. She said the continued murder of defenceless women and children was an unfortunate act of criminality, the worst form of criminality, decline of humanity, morality and ubuntu.
“It should be totally rejected and denounced in the strongest possible terms. We cannot continue like this as a society when we wake up with such horrible crimes daily. These crimes set us backward as this democratic government,” she said.
Khoza further extended her heartfelt condolences to the families of the two girls. She said the department’s team would be with the family to provide them with psycho-social support during this difficult time and would extend their services to other pupils and teachers.
“We owe it to the people of KwaZulu-Natal to ensure that people who behave worse than animals are put behind bars and face the full might of the law. They should be immediately removed from our midst and be put where they belong, in jail,” said Khoza.
Ward councillor, Mthobisi Dlamini, said the community was still reeling in shock after the incident.
“We are so shocked by this and the community wanted to take the law into their own hands but we managed to calm them. We are pleased that the father of the suspect had played a role in ensuring that his son got arrested,” said Dlamini.
He said in his ward there was a lot of pupils coming from neighbouring wards and municipalities who rented houses in order to be close to schools.
“We have never experienced such a horrific incident. We never slept since this incident happened because we were worried that the criminals would strike again.
“However, the fact that police arrested this man makes us happy. We could not sleep yesterday when he escaped. We are happy too that the body of the other child was finally found in the early hours of this morning,” said Dlamini.