A man killed his four children by driving nails through their head and neck after suspecting their mother, Sylvia Monyela, of cheating.
The fourth suffered a different fate than his brothers and sisters when his head was crushed.
The children are Katlego, 9; Joyce, 7; Tshepo, 5; and Adel, 3. They were found dead Tuesday at two different locations in the village of GaPhasha-Selatole outside Burgersfort in Limpopo, South Africa.
A report says the man took the children out of their school bus before he horribly murdered them and sent a text message to his relative, Nkwane Phasha, about the location of their remains.
Phasha said he had found the bodies in a place in a trench not far from their home. He added that Adel’s body was found near the mountain near her great-grandmother’s house.
Phasha said the suspect told him that he had killed the children to protect them from their “cheating and irresponsible” mother.
Sowetan reports that the suspect placed social media status a few hours before the murders, accusing his girlfriend of 10 years of cheating and mentioning the man with whom he claimed she was involved.
Police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said the 52-year-old father was arrested for murders on Tuesday night.
Experts in South Africa have expressed concern about the increasing number of murders of children by their own parents or family members throughout the country.
Two weeks ago, Limpopo mother Keletso Maimela, 30, confessed to killing her one-year-old daughter with her boyfriend Fannie Pholoane, 28, in September. The child was reportedly forced and drowned in a bucket filled with water while Pholoane held her legs.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Sbu Mpungose was sentenced in November to four living conditions for the murders of his three children, Kuhlekonke, 4, Khwezi, 6, and Siphesihle Mpungose, 10, and his stepdaughter Ayakha Jiyane, 17. They were found hanging on their home by their mother Xolisile.
Criminal expert Chandre Gould from the Institute for Security Studies said that crime statistics for the 2018/19 financial year showed an increase in the murder of children, with 1,014 children killed in that period.
She said a Medical Research Council mortuary survey estimated that around 454 children were killed by their mothers in 2009 due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.