Even by South African standards the crime was savage beyond belief. A four-year-old girl and her brothers, aged seven, 10 and 12 respectively, had been bound with ropes before their being hacked and stabbed to death in the Ngcukeni area of KwaNzimakwe early on Saturday. According to the South Coast Herald the ears of three of the children had been severed during their mother´s absence.

The neighbours who made the shocking discovery said they had heard the children screaming last night, but had thought they were playing. No arrests have been made and Port Edward police are investigating four counts of murder.

The Tribune newspaper supported the story with a picture of an anonymous ethnic-European with a savage blade in his hand.  Anyone who thinks the posting of this picture was an innocent oversight probably still believe in the tooth fairy.