Sick motive revealed as mum ‘kills all four of her kids aged 2 to 11 with sledgehammer in their sleep in horror rampage’ | The Sun
A MUM has been arrested after allegedly beating all four of her children to death with a sledgehammer as they slept.
The kids, aged between two and 11, were found dead at their home in Eastern Cape, South Africa, this morning.
It is alleged their mum, 32, killed them overnight as she "did not want to leave her children behind when she dies".
She was arrested today after cops made the grisly discovery in the town of Ngcobo.
The victims have been named as Elihle, two, Othalive, five, Inganathi, nine, and Lizalise, 11.
Police spokesman Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said cops are investigating the alleged murders.
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He said: "According to the report, the 32-year-old mother, together with her four children aged between two and 11, were in their home in the village.
"In the morning four deceased bodies of the children were found in the rondavel where they were sleeping.
"Preliminary investigation reveals that they had (allegedly) been assaulted by their own mother with a sledgehammer.
"The mother was immediately arrested and will be charged with murder."
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Khula Community Development Project director and children’s rights activist Pretros Majola revealed the mum's alleged motive, reports Dispatch Live.
He said: "We woke up to this shocking news this morning.
“We have learned with great shock the killing of these children; allegedly by their own biological mother.
"It is alleged that the mother said she wanted to make sure she does not leave her children behind when she dies."
The mum is expected to appear at Ngcobo magistrate's court when charged.
Local mayor Dr Ab Xuma described the children's deaths as a "painful incident".
He said: "We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family members, and Tsalaba community at large.
"As the municipality, we shall coordinate a multi-disciplinary team to look at all possible interventions, that could help and assist the family, during this painful journey they find themselves in.
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"We further wish to appeal to members of the community, to allow the SAPS and other relevant departments, to conduct thorough investigation, around this particular incident.
"May all their souls rest in eternal peace.
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