WITBANK - Two of the four children who were killed through poisoning, allegedly by their mother, Zinhle Maditla, in Klarinet in Mpumalanga, complained to her about stomach pains and a headache shortly before they died, the Witbank Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.
Investigating officer Constable Zinhle Mathenjwa told the court that Maditla confessed to the police that she killed her children by feeding them food that she prepared and laced with poison on the night of December 27, last year.
She said the 24-year-old Maditla then put the children on a bed in her rented room, covered them with a duvet and slept in the same room. Mathenjwa was testifying for the State during Maditla’s formal bail application.
“The accused person said she also tried to kill herself by eating the same poisoned food. She discovered the following day morning that her children were dead,” Mathenjwa said.
She told the court that Maditla locked the room with the children's bodies inside and went out to have fun with her unnamed female friend.