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Police probe circumstances surrounding death of 3 brothers in Knysna

A family in Nekkies, Knysna, are mourning the death of their three sons aged 10, 11 and 20.

The brothers are believed to have died sometime on Thursday evening, because their bodies were discovered by their mother on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Christopher Spies said Knysna police have opened an inquest docket following the discovery of the bodies of three siblings inside a dwelling in Nekkies, at about 9am on Friday.

“It is alleged that the three boys went to sleep in a wooden dwelling at the back of the main house on Thursday evening, and when their mother went to fetch them on Friday morning, that is when she discovered their bodies on the floor of the room. Emergency personnel responded to the incident, and paramedics later declared the trio dead on the scene.

“Circumstances surrounding their death is under investigation. Crime scene experts who combed the scene for clues found debris of a fire that was made inside a tin container also known as a ghellie (bola) on the premises. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be conducted early next week. Our investigation continues.”

Knysna councillor Mcedisi David Skosana said: “We are trying to support the family as best as we can through this difficult time. However, we are also trying to give them space to grieve and make decisions as a family. We believe that once they are ready, they will indicate how best we can support them. For now, we are in contact with the elders in the family.

“Tomorrow, I plan to visit the family, and I believe the mayor has also indicated that he will be making a turn into the area to also show his support to the family. It’s unfortunate that something like this has happened. However, we intend to support the grieving as best as we can.”

-Cape Argus

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