Africa-Press – South-Africa. A Western Cape man shot dead his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself at the weekend
His 23-year-old son survived the attack after fleeing.
Western Cape police said they found the bodies of a 48-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl, each with gunshot wounds, in Oakdene, Kuils River, on Sunday.
It is understood the man worked at a steel company in Blackheath, while his wife worked as a real estate agent.
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“The trio were declared deceased on the scene by medical personnel. Kuils River police are investigating two counts of murder. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swaartbooi.
Ward councillor Ebrahim Sawant told News24 shocked residents gathered in front of the home, sobbing at the scene.
He said the son escaped the attack by fleeing to a neighbour’s house before going to relatives in nearby Highbury.
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Sawant added: “The son is in severe shock. He was taken to Netcare Hospital in Kuils River and received treatment for shock. He is stable but will be undergoing trauma treatment from tomorrow.
“I knew Anastacia personally as she was the chairperson of the neighbourhood watch in Gersham. I conveyed my condolences to the family from myself, mayor and the City of Cape Town.”
News24 has seen a crime scene report which revealed the couple were in the process of getting divorced, allegedly because of the husband’s violent behaviour and drinking problem.
The report stated on the night before the incident, the man had come home drunk and started an argument with his spouse.
The report was based on a statement made by the son.
“He then took out a firearm and shot at [his wife] and [daughter]. He then gave a gun to his son and instructed the son to shoot him. The son refused and the father attempted to shoot him. The son ran away unharmed and reported the incident to the police,” it stated.
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The report claimed the man then shot himself in the head.
Police found seven spent cartridges at the crime scene.
“Anastasia was shot in the back while on her bed. She sustained three gunshot wounds. The daughter was shot once in the head. Information gathered indicates that deceased number one utilised his licenced firearm. The firearm was seized by police,” the report stated.
The incident happened at around 00:30.