Mduduzi Mtakati
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17 Apr 2015
10:30 am

‘Poisoned’ twins’ dad speaks out

Mduduzi Mtakati

The grief-striken father of twins who were allegedly poisoned by their mother recalled the horrific day of the incident in Mohlakeng, Randfontein on the West Rand.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (Diego Grez)

The 49-year-old father said on Tuesday his wife prayed at about 9pm the previous evening. In her prayer she said: “I don’t know if I will bury my mother first or if she will bury me first.”

“At about 10pm, she repeated the same prayer. When I asked her about the meaning of her prayer, she did not answer me,” he said.

“Then in the morning, before I went to work, she seemed fine. While I was at work, she sent me a text message saying: ‘I will show you who I am, I will kill these kids and myself’. I then rushed home.”

A neighbour, Patricia Moeti, 39, said at about 10am she saw the suspect with her hands on her head, pleading for help. “She said she poisoned her twins with rat poison,” said Moeti.

“When I looked on the bed, I saw one child lying helpless and seemingly weak, the other was asleep. I then ran out and screamed for help,” she added.

Tarlton police spokesperson Constable Lucky Matombe said the mother had tried to kill herself by stabbing herself several times in her upper body.

It is also alleged that she stabbed a police officer, who had to be taken to hospital. A case of murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is under investigation.

The twins’ funeral will be held in Mahikeng next Saturday (April 25).

mduduzim@citizen.co.za