Two grade 12 girls were hacked to death before their bodies were dismembered on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
The provincial department of social development on Tuesday said a man in his 20s, who was apprehended for the killings, tried to evade arrest by jumping into a river. He was later located and arrested.
“Two school girls were allegedly attacked with an axe while in their rented house in Ngwangwane village, Ward 8 Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality, southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is alleged that a man in his 20s came into the rented house in the early hours, hacked the girls to death and dismembered their bodies.
“One girl's body was left in the house, while the second was found five kilometres away from the scene,” the department said.
Police arrested the man on Sunday afternoon.
“He was taken to the scene on Monday afternoon to point out where he dumped the body of another girl. However, during the process, he jumped into the river and swam across in an attempt to evade arrest. Police had to call for back-up from the dog unit, who traced the suspect and caught him hiding at a St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission church house.”