Murder accused Mpumalanga mom sent for mental observation
Mpumalanga mom who accused of killing her four children and attempted suicide to undergo medical observation after abandon her bid for bail.
“[Zinhle Maditla] abandoned her bail application this morning (Monday) and she brought an application to be sent for mental observation,” National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said.
“The [Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court] made an order for the accused to be taken for mental observation.”
The 24-year-old mother, who faces four counts of murder, allegedly attempted to take her own life and she has since been discharged from hospital.
Maditla’s family reportedly discovered the bodies of four children – aged 11 months to eight years – wrapped in blankets inside their home after Maditla allegedly told them to check the house.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said that everything “seemed well” when Maditla, the two girls and two boys were last seen on December 26.
But days later on December 30, the mother turned herself in at the Vosman police station.
The case has been postponed to February 14.