The woman accused of killing her four children in late December last year appeared in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court today.
The 24-year-old woman’s family made a gruesome discovery after receiving a phone call from her, saying she had left them a Christmas present in her room.
Upon arriving at the house in Klarinet, the family found the bodies of Minenhle, 8, Blessing, 6, Shanique, 4, and Ettiene, 11 months, wrapped in blankets in the house. The bodies were in the early stages of decomposition when they were found.
The landlord of the property where the bodies were discovered, Mathilda Mahlangu, said all seemed to be well with the family at the time, reports Witbank News.
“The children and even the mother were fine. There were no signs or indication that this tragedy was about to unfold,” Mahlangu said.
The woman handed herself over to police after the incident and was subsequently hospitalised. She is facing four counts of premeditated murder.
According to eNCA, the matter has been postponed to January 14 for a bail application.
She remains in police custody until her next court appearance.
The children will be buried on Tuesday.