KLERKSDORP, South Africa –  A 31-year-old mother was arrested for the double murder of her 21-month and 3-year-old daughters on Tuesday, 15 September 2020.
According to a statement released by the North West SAPS on Thursday, the mother was arrested following a post-mortem. The post-mortem was conducted on Wednesday and results indicated that the girls were poisoned.
“The mother alleged in the beginning that she took the children after they became ill to a local hospital, where they were both declared dead on arrival. Consequent to the post-mortem results, the initial inquest docket was changed to two counts of murder.
“The mother was questioned and she ultimately admitted to poisoning her children. She is expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for the first time on two counts of murder,” the police said.
In another unrelated incident in Coligny, Butinyana Joseph Khuabo (28) appeared in the Coligny Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, for the murder of his 73-year-old mother, Atalina Maria Khuabo.
The incident took place at Extension 7, Tlhabologang Location in Coligny. Khuabo will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Monday.
“Butinyana appeared in court subsequent to his arrest by Coligny police on Monday, 14 September 2020. According to information received, an argument that ensued between Huabo and his mother, led to the brutal assault of the old woman.
“The old woman was in the bedroom when her son allegedly hacked her twice with an axe in her neck.”
“A family member, who came to the house shortly after the incident, alerted the police and emergency services. Atalina was certified dead on the scene by members of Emergency Medical Rescue Services,” the police said.