A five-year-old boy stabbed by his father in KwaZulu-Natal's Umlazi suburb on Sunday night died in hospital shortly after midday on Monday, Umlazi police said. The 40-year-old man told police he believed his son was ''an animal'' and that he was defending himself when he attacked his son.
Police believe that a Canadian couple, found burnt beyond recognition in KwaZulu-Natal's northern Drakensberg mountains on Wednesday, died in a veld fire. Spokesperson Superintendent Piet Scott said the couple went for a walk on Thursday and never returned.
The mother of a schoolboy who was stabbed to death on the weekend is a senior Gauteng education official, the department confirmed on Tuesday. Mfundo Ntshangase, a grade 11 pupil at King Edward VII high school, was stabbed seven times by pupils from another school at a party on Sunday.
A distraught Randburg mother determined to meet the teenagers arrested after her son was stabbed to death was advised against it by police on Tuesday. ''I want to see for myself that the culprits ... were arrested and are behind bars,'' Nonhlanhla Ntshangase said. Her 18-year-old son, Mfundo, was stabbed seven times by pupils from another school at a party on Sunday.
Jealousy may have been at the centre of the murder of two women accused of bewitching a northern KwaZulu-Natal school, a teachers' union reported on Friday. National Teachers' Union spokesperson Allen Thompson said investigations by the union had revealed that one of the women burnt to death last Monday had a granddaughter at Manhlenga High School.