Fri, 17 Jun 2005
Two KwaZulu-Natal girls have been left traumatised after witnessing their father eat the flesh off their dead mother's face on Friday morning, police said.
Police Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said police were called to Thembalethu Village near Mkuze in the Tugela Ferry area at 3am on Friday after a 13-year-old girl ran to her neighbours for help.
She said when they arrived at the scene they had to force their way inside the house to rescue the other girl (7), who had also been stabbed on the head by the father.
"Inside, police found the naked Jabulani Siphethu sitting on top of his common-law wife's body eating the flesh from her face," said Van Vuuren.
"Only the forehead was still intact. The bone was visible were the rest of the face use to be".
Siphethu was very aggressive during the arrest and threatened police with the knife he was holding. He was eventually apprehended and taken outside.
"There, he suddenly choked and became unconscious and died. The seven-year-old girl was removed from the scene by ambulance together with her older sister who escaped unharmed," said Van Vuuren.
She said a case of murder and inquest has been opened.
A post mortem will on both Khethiwe and Siphethu would also be conducted.