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South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

A South African man, Hilton van Zyl, shot dead his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, September 25, 2022 in Kuilsriver, Cape Town.

The victims are identified as Annastasia van Zyl, 44, and Cassidy van Zyl, 15. Her 23-year-old son survived the attack as he managed to escape.

South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

The man is said to have worked in a steel company in Blackheath, while his wife worked as an estate agent.

Provincial police spokesman Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi confirmed the shooting incident in a statement Monday, September 26.

“Kuilsriver Police attended a complaint at Old Nooiensfontein Road in the early hours of Sunday 25th September 2022. Upon arrival at the scene they found a 48 year old man, a 44 year old woman and a 15 year old girl gunshot wounds,” he said.

“The trio were pronounced dead at the scene by medical staff. Kuilsriver Police are investigating two counts of murder and one inquest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” Swartbooi added.

Ward councilor Ebrahim Sawant told News24 that shocked residents gathered outside the house, sobbing at the scene.

He said the son escaped the attack by fleeing to a neighbour’s house before going to relatives in nearby Highbury.

“The son is in severe shock. He was taken to Netcare Hospital in Kuils River and received treatment for shock. He is stable but will undergo trauma treatment starting tomorrow,” Sawant said. .

“I knew Anastacia personally as she was the Neighborhood Watch Chairwoman in Gersham. I have passed on my condolences to the family of myself, the Mayor and the City of Cape Town.”

It was discovered that the couple were in the process of divorcing, allegedly because of the husband’s violent behavior and drinking problem.

A report based on a statement made by the son said the day before the incident that the man had come home drunk and started an argument with his wife.

“He then pulled out a gun and shot his wife and daughter. He then gave his son a gun and ordered the son to shoot him. The son refused and the father tried to shoot him. The son escaped unharmed and reported the incident to the police,” he said.

“Anastasia was shot in the back while she was on her bed. She suffered three gunshot wounds. The girl was shot in the head. Information gathered indicates that the deceased number one used his gun to fired under license. The firearm was seized by police,” the report added. .

South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

South African man kills his wife and 15-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself

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