Tebogo Msimanga |
The Police in Hlanganani outside Giyani in Limpopo are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder and inquest after a 35-year old woman allegedly poisoned herself and her two minor children on Monday,16 August 2021.
It is alleged that the woman prepared food for herself and her two minor daughters aged two and six years respectively. She then allegedly used a poisonous substance to contaminate the food with an apparent motive of ending her life and those of her children.
Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said after eating the food, the woman and her children reportedly started vomiting and were rushed to Rotterdam clinic where the youngest child was certified dead on arrival. “The woman was transferred to Kgapane hospital but she passed away while being transported to the hospital for medical attention. However, the 6 year- old child survived the poisoning and is in a stable condition.”
The deceased was staying with her mother, who is a pensioner.Mojapelo added that police investigations revealed that the motive for the alleged poisoning was possibly perpetuated by financial burdens.
Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the incident and advised people to seek help from family, pastors, friends or professionals to prevent tragedies like this.