Katlehong poisoning: Mother recovering

Police will wait for the mother to recover before questioning her about her husband’s whereabouts.

Police on the scene where two bodies of young girls were found in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Wednesday said they will wait for a Katlehong mother to recover before questioning her about her husband's whereabouts.

It's alleged the woman's husband poisoned her and their two children before leaving them in an open field in Zonkezizwe near the East Rand township on Tuesday night.

Two sisters, aged one and three, were found dead this morning.

Forensic experts will conduct post-mortems to establish the exact cause of death.

The mother has been taken to hospital where she is in a stable but critical condition.

Earlier on Thursday, the woman told police she had a fight with her husband after she discovered he was seeing another woman.

The father will be questioned once his wife is in a position to help police track him down.


The double murder comes just a day after the bodies of two young girls were discovered in a communal toilet cubicle in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

Yonelisa Mali (2) and her cousin Zandile Mali (3) were apparently mutilated before their bodies were dumped.

They vanished on Saturday and were last seen walking in Extension One with an unknown man.

Police say they've taken four men in for questioning in connection with the double murder.

Investigators are also searching for a fifth man who is believed to be the main suspect in the case.

Police believe all five suspects live in a small backyard room a few metres from the crime scene.