News was emerging last night that following fast on the heels of the slaying of 34 miners by South African police at the Mariken platinum mine near Johannesburg last week further heavy handed tactics have been deployed by the security forces resulting in the death of the entire populace.
It's believed that the widespread massacre began early on Wednesday morning and was completed late Friday evening leaving just under 50 million dead and one wounded.
The lone survivor Mr Jonas Nkoma, a flight attendant on South African Airways looked visibly shaken as he spoke to reporters of the carnage.
"I'd just returned from a long haul flight to Dubai and was making my way across the tarmac to the terminal building when I noticed a number of bullet riddled bodies littering the runway and the grass verges" he stated.
"At first I thought a few of the cabin crew and terminal staff had been partying the night before and were sleeping off the mealy meal lager before resuming their duties but I quickly realised something wasn't quite right when I noticed a number of them had their wrists bound behind their backs and had bullet wounds to the back of the head whilst the women were all naked and had the burnt carcasses of car tyres around their necks.
I immediately turned round to report my findings to the pilot and remaining crew but when I was just a few metres from the aircraft I was shot in the back of the thigh by a sniper bullet. Seconds later a number of shoulder launched missiles struck the fuselage of the plane turning it into a raging fireball.
I must have lain there amongst the smouldering debris for around 5 or 6 hours before making my escape and sheltering in an airport staff rhino whip store. It was absolutely terrible and what Nelson Mandela must be thinking I dread to think"
A spokesperson for the South African police, Chief Inspector Dirk Racist an officer for 25 years and former toothmug wallah to the late Prime Minister Jan Christiaan Smuts made a brief statement to the media in which he stated that "In the current climate of unrest that pervades the country at this moment in time we believed that stern action was called for so we killed everybody. I mean to say some of them could have been carrying rudimentary weapons such as clubs or darts they'd taken from the pub and suchlike".
"You can't be too careful in this day and age and given a similar set of circumstances I'd have no hesitation in slaughtering the entire population again in an effort to carry out my duty in protecting the public"
South African President Jacob Zuma and members of the government were remaining tight lipped last night after having been mown down in a hail of machine gun fire during an afternoon cabinet meeting on Thursday.