Welkom father details death of daughters

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An emotional, distraught father has detailed the heart-wrenching incident this weekend where he found his two daughters, aged eight and eleven, dead in the boot of a car at Welkom in the Free State.

Zanemvula Nyamankulu tells OFM News that the death of his girls is something unimaginable. Nyamankulu says whilst at work on Saturday night, he was informed that his two girls were nowhere to be found and as a result, he went back home to help find the girls. He says he was met by a group of residents who were helping to search for the girls.

He adds that he went to look for the kids at the toilets but later, at around 22:00, his guts led him to the boot of the car. When he opened the boot, his eyes were met by the horror of the two lifeless bodies of his daughters lying inside. Police are yet to comment.

“We came home from somewhere and quickly prepared ourselves to rush to some family ceremony elsewhere. At around 17:00 I left for work and while at work, I got a call from my sister, saying the kids are nowhere to be found. I then called later to say they must search for them where they usually play with others. I was, however, forced to come back home due to the stress and when I got home I found members of the community also helping to search, so I joined in with my torch to search around,” says Nyamankulu.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson Mammello Mokhouane says there is no suspicion of foul play and the police in Bronville are awaiting the post-mortem results.

“Bronville police have opened an inquest docket after two sisters aged 9 and 11 were found dead in the boot of their father’s vehicle. It is alleged that the two girls were playing inside the trunk of the vehicle under no parent supervision. It is presumed that they locked themselves in the trunk and could not open it,” says Mokhuoane.

Nyamankulu, who is originally from Cofimvaba, Ngququ in the Eastern Cape, says the event has left him and his family confused as they’re still trying to process the incident.

He says the police told them that they will engage and process everything today. He further says they will be approaching social workers to try and deal with the trauma.

Lucky Nkuyane / OFM News