Johannesburg - A Brakpan mother is suspected to have shot and killed her three children before turning the gun on herself.
The gun belonged to her husband.
The bodies of the 40-year-old woman, her daughters aged 19 and 17 as well as her 10-year-old son were found laying in their living room that was partially burnt on Wednesday evening.
Although the bodies were also, they were still recognisable as the fire fighters had extinguished the flames before the corpses could be completely torched.
Brakpan police spokesperson Captain Pearl Van Staad said neighbours had called the fire brigade around 5pm when they noticed that the house was on fire.