Lorraine Kekana, 30, was made to listen to the groans of her four dying children who had just had their throats slit, allegedly by their father.
Minutes before, her black husband had allegedly phoned her to ask whether she had any final words for her children before they died.
The four boys, aged 13, 10, six and four, were killed on Sunday morning at their home in Moletlane village in Limpopo’s Zebediela area.
Two of the boys were killed inside the sitting room and the other two in their bedroom.
Sitting hundreds of kilometres away in Pretoria, Kekana dropped the phone in shock.
Her husband can’t be named until he appears in court.
On Monday, Kekana lamented her tragic loss. She had earlier cried out aloud when Limpopo Safety MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, who had visited the family, spoke to her.
She said that on Saturday night he had driven with their children from Pretoria after his uncle had successfully mediated a domestic dispute between them. “When he left, we had resolved our dispute and we were all happy,” said Kekana.
The couple had been married since 2009, and she described him as a cool-headed man.
“He was cool. Although we had arguments, he never showed signs of aggression.”
The man’s father said his son was a churchgoing man. “I also wish him to get well and come back to answer for what he did,” said Phineus.
Mokaba-Phukwana said the government would help the family with their funeral arrangements.