Two children burnt to death by 'men looking for their father' in South Africa

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - Police have assigned a team of seasoned detectives to trace and arrest suspects who shot six people, killing two, and burned a shack where two girls, aged four and seven, were sleeping in Gauteng, South Africa.

Police spokesperson, Lt-Col Mavela Masondo, confirmed the incident on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

"Preliminary investigation suggests the suspects were after the father of the girls, who was not at home during the incident," he stated.

According to Masondo, gunmen arrived at a shebeen in the Changing Spot informal settlement in Soshanguve on Sunday evening, June 2,  and fired shots at the patrons.

A man and a woman died at the scene. The four wounded patrons were taken to a medical care centre.

The suspects left the tavern to the shack in the same area and set it alight.

The two girls, Tinyiko and Mpfumo, were both certified dead at the scene.

Father of the deceased girls

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