Alleged killer mom to remain behind bars
Cape Town - The bail application of a woman suspected of killing her 2-year-old son was postponed in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Zulpha Jacobs, 30, who wore a pink and grey hooded top and blue headscarf, slouched over the accused box as a large police contingent kept watch in the court room. The State said it would oppose bail.
"The grounds for the State opposing bail is the seriousness of the offence," prosecutor Leticia Du Plessis said.
"Also, the State fears for the life of the accused if she is released on bail."
The court heard she had been for a pregnancy test, but according to a medical report in the State's possession, she was not pregnant.
Defence attorney Theo Hartzenberg said there was an allegation that Jacobs had been pregnant, but according to a medical report this was not the case.
Du Plessis told the court there was abscess growing on Jacobs's breast which possibly had to be removed. She said this was why Jacobs should be placed in the medical wing of Pollsmoor prison.
Magistrate Tom Cloete postponed the case to January 9 for further investigation and for the defence to take proper instructions from Jacobs.
Medical assistance would be provided if and when needed, the magistrate said.
Jacobs faces charges of murder and abandonment.
Crowds had gathered outside and in the corridors of the court. Many of them had taken part in the search for 2-year-old Tariq Jacobs and demanded to be let into the court.
Outside the court the crowd sang and held placards.
"No bail for child murderers," one placard read. Another woman in the crowd held up a copy of a local newspaper with the headline "Ma is glo 'n pro" (Mother believed to be a pro), in reference to reports that police were investigating whether she murdered more of her children.
A woman said: "I helped search for this boy. They must let me in. I want to see her face."
Beacon Valley community leader Michael Jacobs said outside the court that authorities would have to take responsibility if Jacobs was released on bail.
"If she is allowed to be free, then the authorities must take responsibility for what happens."
He said protesters would be present every time Jacobs appeared in court.
"We cannot allow a woman like that... to be free in our community."
He wanted the police to investigate reports that Jacobs had been a crèche teacher before the murder.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said earlier this week that Jacobs had confessed to killing Tariq. His body was found in a shallow grave in the dunes behind the Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley on Saturday. He was last seen at the old bus terminus in Mitchells Plain on Thursday morning.
An autopsy was reportedly being conducted with the cause of death still unknown.