Mother Pleads Guilty To Killing Her 4 Children With Rat Poison


A Mpumalanga mother was on Monday was found guilty of premeditated murder for poisoning her four children with rat poison.

Zinhle Maditla pleaded guilty to four charges of murder at the Middelburg High Court.

Maditla was accused of killing her children using rat poison in Klarinet, Mpumalanga.

She handed herself over to the police on 30 December last year after the decomposing bodies of her four children were discovered inside her house in Klarinet.

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 woman.

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.

Her children were two girls, aged four and eight. She also had two boys, aged seven and 11 months.