Business Owner, Wife and 2 Young Daughters Killed in Mpumalanga, SA Horrified: "This Is So Heartbreaking"

Business Owner, Wife and 2 Young Daughters Killed in Mpumalanga, SA Horrified: "This Is So Heartbreaking"

  • A family of four comprising a man, his wife and their two daughters were shot and killed at their Casteel home in Mpumalanga
  • Police are searching for two suspects, who were seen entering the home before neighbours heard multiple gunshots ring out
  • Social media users expressed different views around the incident, with some locals citing alarm and shock over the murders

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CASTEEL - Police in Mpumalanga are investigating four cases of murder after a business owner, his wife and two daughters were gunned down at their home near Bushbuckridge on Tuesday.

TimesLIVE reported that the incident transpired when two suspects allegedly forced their way into the house and opened fire on all four members of the household.

Business Owner, Wife and 2 Young Daughters Killed in Mpumalanga, SA Horrified: "This Is So Heartbreaking"
A family of four has been shot and killed by unknown gunmen at their home in Mpumalanga. Image: Guillem Sartorio/ AFP
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Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said neighbours heard gunshots coming from the home at around 7.30 pm. The property belonged to Johnson Fakude, a 58-year-old man who owned Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek-based Faduk Cash Loans, IOL reported.

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"The two suspects were spotted jumping over a wall and disappearing into the night. Officers and paramedics were notified of the incident and, after arriving, found a man, woman and two girls, aged eight and 11, with fatal gunshot wounds," said Mohlala, adding all four victims were certified dead at the scene.

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Locals express their dismay

Social media users reacted in horror to the ghastly occurrence. Many more expressed that they were saddened by the killings. Briefly News takes a look at all the reactions below.

@Rosemary Mbofana wrote:

"It's our daily life here in Mpumalanga we just thank God to see the next day."

@Sandran Helen said:

"Police rely on the community to do their job for info? What do they get paid for? Haibo!"

@Senzo Sengane added:

"Then you tell us about Ukraine and Cyril selling cows. We're at war here. People die every day."

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Elsewhere, Briefly News previously reported that the spate of cash-in-transit heists in the country has shown no signs of letting up after yet another gang attacked a van during a failed attempt in Delmas, Mpumalanga, on Monday, 28 February.

According to a TimesLIVE report, the incident happened on the R42 and resulted in police killing two robbers and arresting two others after an exchange of gunfire. Officers were alerted to the unfolding incident and arrived at the scene as the suspects tried to overpower the two guards manning the cash van.

Mohlala said several members of the group escaped. The suspects in custody had tried to flee after hijacking a Toyota Quantum minibus taxi close to the scene, only to be apprehended a short while later.

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Tshepiso Mametela Tshepiso Mametela is a seasoned journalist with eight years of experience writing for online and print publications. He is an evening/weekend editor at Briefly News. He was a general news reporter for The Herald, a senior sports contributor at Opera News SA, and a reporter for Caxton Local Media’s Bedfordview and Edenvale News and Joburg East Express community titles. He has attended media workshops, including the crime and court reporting one by the Wits Justice Project and Wits Centre for Journalism in 2024. He was a member of the Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) from 2018 to 2020.

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