A 40-year-old woman has allegedly shot and killed her children before turning the the gun on herself.
Police said the gun belonged to her husband. The three children were aged 10, 17 and 19.
The Brakpan police said they had responded to a fire complaint at Sallies Village at about 5pm.
They found a man, who said he was the owner of the house who told police he had tried to extinguish the fire but could not. He said the man said he went in and found their children and wife dead inside.
“He found his wife together with their three children in the living room with bullet wounds from his own 9mm pistol which was lying on the floor,” said police spokesperson Capt Pearl Van Staad.
Van Staad said the man confirmed the fire arm belonged to him. The paramedics certified them dead on the scene.
“The motive of the killing is still unknown at this sage but three murder cases and an inquest have been opened and an investigation is underway,” Van Staad said.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.