A neighbour of the seven family members shot and killed allegedly by a family member at Jimmy Jones village outside Malamulele in Limpopo, says he thought someone was setting off firecrackers when the shooting happened.
A 52-year-old suspect is in police custody after he allegedly shot and killed seven family members over the ownership of the homestead left behind by his late father.
Bleak Christmas for Ndou family:
Neighbour, Phineas Hlungwani, says he did not bother to investigate as he thought firecrackers were being set off to celebrate Christmas Day. Hlungwani says he only realised the seriousness of the incident when police went to the scene.
“The Ndou’s are my neighbours. I got frightened from the time I heard the sound. At first, I thought the sound was from firecrackers not thinking was from a firearm. I only learnt about the death shortly before 1am when he came and told me there is a bad person by our gate. I was so scared that I couldn’t go out until the police arrived. I am still shaken because these children from the Ndou regard me as their father figure because I grew together with the late father.”