Article by: Dumisane Dube
A 35-year-old woman and her child have died after consuming food laced with poison at Rotterdam village outside Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo.
Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says the mother fed her two children the poisoned food and also ate it herself. One of the children survived and is in critical condition in hospital.
According to Mojapelo they have opened one case of murder, one of attempted murder and an inquest.
“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,” said Mojapelo.
“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 unfortunately she passed on while being transported to the hospital for medical attention,” he added.
MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale has urged all parents who are facing challenges in their families and relationships not to resort to killing and harming their children, but approach our social workers for advice and assistance.
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