A South African mother identified as Zinhle Maditla on Monday
September 9, pleaded guilty to a four count charge of killing her four
children with rat poison.
Maditla who confessed to killing her children when arraigned in a
Middelburg High Court, said her anger and frustration stemmed from
getting to know that the father of two of her children was with another
In her plea statement which was read out by her lawyer, the
Mpumalanga resident revealed she also took the rat poison. She went on
to ask the court for mercy.
“I admit I have no defence in law for my conduct on that day. I request the court for mercy.
“I went back home, I sat in the taxi emotional and crying I saw a
hawker selling rat poison I took R10 and bought poison with the
intention to kill myself and my children” she said.
The case was adjourned till Tuesday September 10.