Even in South Africa, which sees 44 murders each day, the details of one horrific crime have shocked the nation.
A family of three has been brutally killed in a home invasion and robbery involving three men, including their gardener.
A 12-year-old boy was drowned in boiling water, his mother raped and killed and his father murdered in the rampage.
The attack took place in Walkerville, Johannesburg.
The bandits shot and killed Tony Viana, 53, raped and killed his wife, Geraldine, and tied up and gagged their son, Amaro.
Amaro was pushed into a bath of boiling hot water and drowned.
The family’s gardener, Patrick Petrus Radebe, 24, their domestic servant’s son, Sipho Mbele, 21, pleaded guilty to three charges of murder and one charge of rape each, reported Sowetan Live.
David Motaung, 20, pleaded guilty to robbery charges.
The family dog was killed by having his stomach cut open, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported.
The men’s lawyer told Vereeniging Regional Court the trio broke into the house to steal and exact revenge for the way they had been treated by Mrs Viana.
The men killed the young boy so he wouldn't act as a witness to their horrific crimes.
In a statement they said they forced Amaro into the bath knowing he would drown.
"We went to the bathroom and turned on the tap," the pair's statement read, "We gagged him because he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down, knowing that he would drown."
The three killers were reportedly smiling as they were led back to their cells following the verdict.They will be sentenced on September 6.
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