Two Grade 12 schoolgirls were hacked to death with an ax over the weekend at their residence in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal.
The perpetrator, who is known to the public, allegedly attacked the two girls with an ax at their rented house in Ngwangwane village in southern KZN.
Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza said she was shocked and disgusted by the horrific ordeal.
The Department indicated in a statement that the body of one girl was left in the house, while the other was found five kilometers from the scene.
“We are very sorry that these schoolgirls had to die. The attack on defenseless learners is abhorrent and represents the worst form of criminality and moral decay.”
According to Khoza, the suspect also tried to escape after the police caught him and arrested him on Sunday.
“It is extremely painful that we start Women’s Month with such a terrible incident. We take solace in the fact that the suspect was quickly apprehended by law enforcement agencies, even though he tried to evade justice.
“The fact that the police were not asleep when the suspect jumped into the river should give the public a lot of confidence that he will be sentenced and sent to prison,” she said.
Police had to call for backup from the canine unit, who located the suspect and caught him hiding at a local church.
MEC Khoza expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the two girls who lost their lives and promised that the Department’s staff would support the families with psycho-social assistance.
Meanwhile, Ward 8 Councillor, Mthobisi Dlamini, said the community was still in shock after the whole ordeal.
“We are so surprised by this and the community wanted to take the law into their own hands but we managed to calm them down. We are happy that the suspect’s father played a role in ensuring that his son was arrested,” said Dlamini.
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