Mother pleads guilty to killing her four children with rat poison

A Middleburg High Court docked a South African mother on Monday on September 9 for killing her four children with rat poison.

The suspect identified as Zinhle Maditla pleaded guilty to a four count charge of killing her four children.

While appearing before a judge, Maditla confessed to killing her children and disclosed that knowing that the father of two of her children was with another woman infuriated her that she ended up killing her children.

In her plea statement which was read out by her lawyer, the Mpumalanga resident revealed she also took the rat poison. She went on to ask the court for mercy.

“I admit I have no defence in law for my conduct on that day. I request the court for mercy.

“I went back home, I sat in the taxi emotional and crying I saw a hawker selling rat poison I took R10 and bought poison with the intention to kill myself and my children” she said.

The case was adjourned till Tuesday September 10.

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