The Police in Hlanganani outside Giyani under Mopani District are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder and inquest after a 35-year-old woman allegedly poisoned herself and her two minor children on Monday night, 16 August 2021 at about 20:30.
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.
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 however, she passed on along the way while being transported to the hospital for medical attention.
The 6-year old-child survived the poisoning and is in a stable condition.
The deceased was staying with her mother, who is a pensioner together with her two kids and preliminary Police investigations revealed that the motive for the alleged poisoning was possibly perpetuated by financial burdens.
The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Province, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the incident and advised people to seek help from family, pastors, friends or professionals to prevent tragedies like this.
The police investigations are ongoing.