A baby boy is the only survivor of a massacre in which a family of five were killed in the Free State. Picture: Keran Ducasse
A baby boy is the only survivor of a massacre in which a family of five were killed in the Free State. Picture: Keran Ducasse

11-month-old baby survives massacre in which 5 family members were burnt, shot

By Botho Molosankwe Time of article published Apr 6, 2021

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Johannesburg – An 11-month-old baby boy survived a massacre in which a family of five were killed in the Free State.

The baby was hit on the nose with a knobkierie while other victims were shot and burnt inside their homes.

The boy is in a serious condition in hospital.

Police said they received a report that some people had been killed in Marakong village, QwaQwa, on April 4 at around 3am.

Colonel Thandi Mbambo of the Free State said police went to the scene where they found the body of Moliehi Thoabala, 38, with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Her husband Safolo Mofokeng, 36 was found burnt in their house.

“In another house, the bodies of a mother, Relebohile Lemeko, 48, her daughter Masabata Lemeko, 25, and son, Tatolo Lemeko, 22, were found burnt inside a shack, while the 11-month-old grandson was allegedly hit with a knobkierie on the nose and is currently receiving medical attention at a local hospital,” Mbambo said.

She said four children managed to escape in the second attack and reported the incidents to a relative, who then informed the police and rushed the child to hospital.

“The motive for the killing is currently unknown and a case of murder, arson and attempted murder has been registered for further investigation.”

Provincial Commissioner Major General Solly Lesia and Thabo Mofutsanyan District Commander Major Jan Tsotsetsi have launched a manhunt to find the killers.

"We request the public to assist us with information that may lead to the identification and/or arrest of the perpetrators. Anyone with information should please contact Detective Captain Matlakala Mokwena at 078 759 3154 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111, alternatively send information via MySAPS App," Major General Lesia said.

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