l April 2009: Marissa Rudman and Nolan Schoeman were charged with the death of their infant son Wade after being accused of abuse in the same year.

Wade died three days after being admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital in April 2009 after receiving brain injuries, broken ribs, and bruises all over his body

In June 2012, both pleaded not guilty to charges of physically harming and murdering their two-month-old baby son and abusing another child. The trial continues.

l May 2011: Ben Engelbrecht, 52, was discovered in his car at his Linden, Joburg, home in the early hours, trying to gas himself with a pool pipe connected from his exhaust to his car window. Engelbrecht’s son Kobus, a quadriplegic, and wife Ina were found strangled in their beds at the house.

Police arrived at the premises after Engelbrecht contacted his brother, who then contacted the authorities. Engelbrecht later drove into a truck, killing himself.

l January 2012: The man dubbed the Modimolle Monster, Johan Kotze, allegedly ordered his three workers at gunpoint to gang-rape Ina Bonnette and to mutilate her body, on January 3.

He is further alleged to have shot dead her 19-year-old son Conrad, who was lured to the house and had pleaded for his life.

Kotze faces 17 charges, including rape, murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The case is continuing. Kotze and his co-accused were refused bail.

l March 2012: A Pretoria man allegedly shot and killed his wife and 42-year-old adopted son Innus in their home in Dorandia.

The 61-year-old man is thought to have been angry that Innus wanted to search for his biological family, Beeld newspaper reported. He was arrested with the gun still in his hand.