She lied to the court when she said it was a spur of the moment decision. This was the verdict of the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, as it convicted her of murder and attempted murder.
Her baby son Mapempeni Madoda died hours after he was fed the yoghurt for breakfast. His 2-year-old brother Siyamthanda Mmbatha survived.
Former police officer Thobile Mbatha, 30, of Tsakane, near Springs, cried hysterically as she told the court foam came out of her youngest child’s nose after she fed him the lethal concoction. She maintained she wanted to commit suicide as the children's father two-timed her with another woman, with whom he had also fathered a child.
She claimed she was the first to drink the rat poison. She then thought who would look after her two children and decided to poison them, too.