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Mother hospitalized after allegedly poisoning her kids and herself

HARRISMITH – On Thursday the 27 May 2021 at about 05:50, the police received a complaint about children alleged to have died at a house in Tshiame C.

On arrival at the scene, two bodies that were identified Rethabile (9) and Naledi (3 months) Dladla were found. The lady (31) who was identified as the mother to the deceased kids was found lying on the floor.

It is alleged that the relative was awaken by a knock on the door and met by the mother to deceased carrying a 3 month’s old baby. She allegedly brought the kids one after the other, and indicated that she fed them poison and also drank it herself. After bringing the kids, she allegedly collapsed on the floor.

The two kids were certified dead at the scene, whilst the mother was referred to hospital in a critical condition.

The motive behind the alleged killings and attempted suicide is currently unknown.

Two cases of murder have being registered for further investigation.

Source: South African Police Service