A manhunt for 52-year-old suspect Senyatse Lucas Phasha, who allegedly killed his four children in ga-Pasha village, Polokwane, has been initiated by police in Mecklenburg outside of Burgersfort.
The children’s bodies were found in the area at two distinct sites.
On Tuesday morning, February 18, 2020, the suspect reportedly told a neighbor of the murders and also mentioned the locations where the bodies were.
Police were then informed and, upon arrival, the lifeless bodies of three children aged 09, 07 and 05 were found in nearby bushes and that of a 3-year-old was found next to the local mountain, about 3 kilometers from the first scene.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that on Monday 17 February 2020, the suspect had stopped the vehicle carrying the children from school. The driver, who apparently knows the father, stopped and let their father and the children go.
Three of the kids were found with stab wounds. The youngest was identified with open wounds. The children were listed as follows: • Katlego Pasha, boy 9 • Joyce Pasha, girl 7 • Tshepo Phasha, girl 5 years old • Adel Phasha, boy 3 years old.
The man had taken to Facebook according to social media reports to accuse the mother of the children of cheating him and infecting him with HIV. See below his purported letter.
Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, who also visited the scene, condemned this incident in the strongest possible terms, more so since it was supposedly committed by someone who was supposed to protect these victims.