No arrests over frozen babies

Police are still waiting to question the owners of a house in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, where the frozen bodies of four babies were discovered on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokesman Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the owners, who were in Johannesburg attending funeral when police found the new-born babies, one in the freezer compartment of a fridge and the other three in a freezer, were still on their way back to Mthatha.

“They had a breakdown in Warden, we are still waiting for them to arrive so that we can question them,” said Fatyela.

Police broke into the house after receiving a tip-off over the weekend.

Because the infants were so badly frozen, police have been unable to identify sex, but estimated that the babies were all between one and two months old.

A post-mortem is being conducted to determine sex, age as well as whether the babies died as a result of being put in the freezer or if they died beforehand from other injuries.

Fatyela said they would not speculate on whether the babies were being preserved for muti purposes and that the motive would be revealed through investigations.

No arrests have been made.