A pink sandal and the stench of death

Behind the front door‚ amid the nauseating stench of death was a scene straight out of a horror movie.

“It was horrific‚” said 43-year-old mother of three Stephina Tshabuse. Beyond the dining room with its brown couches was a bedroom where heaps of sand covered decaying bodies in a murder that has shocked the country.

“We were the first people to discover [the bodies]. It was horrific. The bad smell‚ lots of blood‚ sand and everything… it felt like I was watching a horror movie‚” said Tshabuse at the house with a red roof in Vlakfontein‚ south of Johannesburg.

Sharp objects were used to murder seven family members – women and children – here‚ on Monday.

Jeyes Fluid was still not able to mask the overpowering smell of death in the air when Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane visited the house on Wednesday. Brooms‚ mops‚ buckets and cleaning products were scattered around the property as efforts continued to clean up the gruesome scene.

A single pink child’s sandal‚ partially covered by soil and flies‚ could be seen in one of the bedrooms.

One person‚ believed to be a boyfriend of one of the deceased‚ was taken in for questioning. Police are hoping that a second man‚ identified as Sibusiso Ernest Khoza‚ can help them with their investigation.

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