A mother from Sallies village in Brakpan is suspected to have shot and killed her three children before setting their house alight and turning the gun on herself
Police spokesperson Captain Pearl van Staad told News24 that the incident happened just after 17:00 on Wednesday.
The children were aged 19, 17 and 10, respectively.
The weapon used was a 9mm pistol belonging to the 40-year-old woman’s husband. He was not at home at the time of the incident, Van Staad said.
“It is alleged that the mother shot the children and then shot herself,” Van Staad said.
“The husband’s firearm was lying next to her. He was away working.”
According to Van Staad, police are awaiting results into what caused the fire at the house, though it is believed that the woman set fire to the living room where the shootings took place.
“The fire brigade was summoned to the scene and the fire was put out quickly.”
The cause of the shootings is unknown and police are continuing investigations, Van Staad said.
Help is available: If you are feeling depressed, suicidal, hopeless
CONTACT SADAG – The South African Depression and Anxiety Group
For counselling queries e-mail: [email protected]
To contact a counsellor between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182
For a suicidal emergency contact us on 0800 567 567
24-hour Helpline 0800 12 13 14
In Kruger National Park