Man’s Body Found days after hacking his wife to death with an axe

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The body of a husband and father of three has been identified days after he threw himself in front of a bus after hacking his wife to death with an axe, according to a report.

Andrew Letsholo died last Thursday, two days after killing his wife, Palesa, at their home in Protea North, Soweto, The Star reported.

His wife’s body was found in the couple’s bed and a bloody axe was left nearby, it was reported at the time.

Letsholo went on the run and police tracked his wife’s car in an area near Rustenburg a day after the murder.

A day later, Letsholo threw himself in front of a bus full of schoolchildren who were going to the Pilansberg Game Reserve. His body lay in the mortuary for a while before it was identified.

A relative said Letsholo was a quiet man who enjoyed true crime TV shows as well as books on crime. He apparently worked at Lonmin briefly until the miners’ strike, and his contract was not renewed.

The couple are survived by a 9-year-old girl and 4-year-old twin boys.

The motive for the killing is unclear.

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