Frantic WhatsApp sent moments before Vlakfontein family slaying

“Police responded to a complaint from a community member after the person had noticed a pungent stench that came from a certain house. On arrival at the house‚ police found a pile of sand in the bedroom‚” said police spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo.

“A woman and three children were found buried underneath the sand. Police proceeded to a backroom in the same yard where three more bodies‚ two female adults and a child‚ were discovered‚ also buried beneath sand.”

The children were aged between two and 11.

According to a relative‚ who spoke to TimesLIVE on Tuesday‚ a man identified as Sibusiso Ernest Khoza started staying with the family three months ago under the false pretence that he was a long-lost relative. Police are searching for the man‚ who had been taken in for questioning.

He claimed he was raised at an orphanage in Cape Town‚ that he was a doctor by profession and had studied abroad. The family welcomed him because he had the same surname and he looked like a decent person.

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