A father charged with hanging his four children after his wife allegedly served him divorce papers appeared in a South African court today.
Subusiso Mpungose, 44, is said to have waited until his teacher wife Xolisile, 42, went to work then took a string of taxis to pick up three of his children from a nearby creche and a school.
It is alleged that he took his son Kuhlekonke, 4, daughter Khwezi, 6, and son Sphesihile, 10, back to the marital home and then sent the oldest boy out to a local shop to buy them all snacks.
South African media said police sources told them that while his son had gone out shopping he hanged the younger two children with their school belts from burglar-prevention bars on the windows.
It is alleged that when Sphesihile then returned with treats for the family he was also strung up by his belt in a different room.
The three children were later found hanging dead in their school uniformed by armed police who broke into the family home.
Mpungose then tricked his wife's teenage daughter from a previous marriage to come out of school before hanging her in nearby woods.
The mother first became concerned when she noticed unusual activity on her taxi App that showed trips being taken by her husband between their home and their children's school.
She immediately went to a local police station at Wyebank in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, and said she was scared of her husband and was frightened to go back to her home alone.
A police team escorted her back and found the locks had been changed so they broke to door down to find the three hanging children.
Subusiso Mpungose, 44, went on the run after the alleged murders on Tuesday in Durban. Three of the children were hanged in the family home and his step-daughter was left hanging from a tree.
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