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Mom in court over death of son

2012-01-03 12:02

Cape Town - A woman suspected of killing her 2-year-old son appeared 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 for, among other reasons, her own safety and the serious nature of the crime. The investigation had also not been completed yet.

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.

Remain in custody

She would remain in custody at Pollsmoor prison's medical wing until her next court appearance on January 9.

Earlier a crowd sang and held placards outside the court.

"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.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said earlier this week that Jacobs had confessed to killing her 2-year-old son 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.

Jacobs would also face charges of abandonment.

Comments
  • Theresa - 2012-01-03 12:14

    I sincerely hope the courts remove the child she is pregnant with from her care...she can't be called a parent or mother.How the hell can you kill your own flesh and blood?

      Janice - 2012-01-03 13:22

      Thank God Theresa, it seems she is not pregnant!!!

      Betweenuandme - 2012-01-03 13:34

      You and all the people who thumbs-up'd this comment did not read the article properly - she's not pregnant.

      Theresa - 2012-01-03 13:37

      A report earlier this morning stated she was pregnant.Thank heavens,it seems she is not.

  • thomas.marx3 - 2012-01-03 12:17

    Hard to believe there are people who would do something like this. It just goes against nature.

  • Jan-Paul - 2012-01-03 12:25

    The death penalty should be brought back for people like this!! How can a mother kill her own child???

  • Craig - 2012-01-03 12:27

    "Zulpha Jacobs wore a pink and grey hooded top and blue headscarf" Who cares what she was wearing. Honestly!!! This reporter needs to get herself a Cosmopolitan job. Maybe the readers of Cosmopolitan will care what she wore.

  • jowza1 - 2012-01-03 12:29

    rot in hell,you piece of rubbish

  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 12:43

    If she has any other children,they must be removed! The time has come to put an end to these callous unhuman so called mothers-life without parole seeing as this country is too cowardly to bring back the death penaly!!!

  • Ashley - 2012-01-03 12:48

    Can't seem to make any sense of how a mother, who carried that little child for nine months, gave birth and raised him for two years would do something like this. Drugs, is likely a part of this de-ranged act. Thinking of my 2 year old son while reading things like this, makes me want to cry..... i can't imagine life without him.

  • Andrea - 2012-01-03 12:49

    My question is, how did her family not notice the death of her other two children and not do anything about it?

  • Sharon - 2012-01-03 12:57

    Death to the Devil...no mercy at all

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-03 12:58

    This auntie is insane.

  • Zine.Nomalanga.Makuluma - 2012-01-03 13:13

    I know Zulpha personally, if u asked 4 my opinion I wud say , she was incapable of doing sumting this horrible. But I gues u never really know a person, wat goes on inside their head, their demons, their true self, only God knows. But as a mother , my Q is ...WHEN WILL ENOUGH EVER BE ENOUGH , wih the killing of our babies.

  • Janice - 2012-01-03 13:20

    Please lets refrain from using the "M" word when referring to this individual, she does NOT deserve to EVER be called MOM!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-01-03 13:25

    3 Children dead and now they start to ask questions ??? Wtf does it take to wake these people up ? I've just read an article about this very same story attached to same was a picture of the little dude - he looks like the cutest little boy a mother could ever hope to have. I hope you f'ing burn in hell. I hope they beat you to a pulp every day you're in prison.

  • gabbey.jacobs - 2012-01-03 13:31

    All though this is a very serious crime... those without sin cast the first stone.... Let us first hear what the courts has to say....."Remember die here sit hoog en sien baaie laag"..... She will be punished accordingly by OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN ... On the day of judgement.....

      Achmat - 2012-01-03 14:03

      so true gabbey who are we to judge on the day of judgement she will be punish for her deeds

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-03 14:55

      Pass me the first stone. Make sure it's a large one.

      Perfume - 2012-01-03 15:46

      @Gabbey, we can all quote Scriptures if we want to, in case you missed this Scripture in the Bible "BETTER A MILLSTONE TIED AROUND YOUR NECK, CAST INTO THE DEPTH OF THE SEA THAN TO HARM A CHILD" - this is no platform to quote from the Bible, but I would say this Scripture stands out perfectly, she needs to have a stone tied around her neck and cast into the sea, she took a life, why must her life be spared.

  • lynnette.johnston1 - 2012-01-03 14:14

    If this was the middle east, she may have been stoned in the town square, to save taxpayers the cost of her incarceration. I may possibly, even have found myself standing in the queue with a large rock in my hand...

  • phumlani.mbatha - 2012-01-03 14:14

    very sad story indeed. mother's usually are very protective of their children, this is quite the opposite.

  • Charne - 2012-01-03 14:31

    I truly believe that this lady should be hung!!!! how is it that a mother that carried her son for 9 months, who in that time built a great bond, take away her own flesh & bloods life?. Some people claim that this woman is bipolar, but there is no excuse in the world to justify this womans actions. She doesnt even deserve to be called a human being, because even animals have feelings. They should execute her, but make her suffer so that she can feel all the pain and agony that she has caused unto people that isnt only his family, but his families close friends, neighbors and also the entire community. No child deserves to be killed!

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-03 14:32

    Unless she woman is pathological killer, she has to be mentally unstable. I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind irrespective of how much a defenceless baby creams and performs. Do you? Depending on the outcome of this trial, my sincere hope is that she is locked up as she has to be a dangerous individual with no concience.

  • Asheeqah - 2012-01-03 14:49

    I HOPE SHE GETS WHAT SHE DESERVES IN PRISON i dont care if she is sorry for what she has done or not but this cold hearted devil of a women needs to be made an example of. lets show the other INFANT KILLERS out there whats in store for them. the law can only do so much to protect her. but her punishment is well on its way !!!

  • Asheeqah - 2012-01-03 14:55

    yes people e understand that god is the main punisher of bad deeds but we are only human and yes we too have feelings and right now many of us are quite upset , traumatised and deeply saddened by wat this WITCH did to her child. so i agree and admire all who is speaking out their hearts it just goes to show that some of us dso really care and that it has affected so many of us.

  • Zahier - 2012-01-03 15:38

    She should have the option of having kids taken away, if only it was as easy as taking a cat to the vet!

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-01-03 16:40

    What irritates me about this is Kieno Kammies put a word out there out of sympathy for this woman. And this what he gets?

  • Sipo - 2012-01-03 22:14

    Thats the most cruel thing a person can do,kill her own child(any child or anyone for that matter)that is beyond belief.

  • Marshall - 2012-01-03 22:43

    A good lawyer will get her free on grounds of insanity and therefore diminished responsibility bla, bla, bla. watch this space.

  • Phathiswa Mtebele - 2012-01-04 06:24

    what kind of mother kills her own child??? She must rot in jail

  • geraldine.leitch - 2012-01-04 10:07

    I'm reading all the comments and must say that I'm actually saddened by most of it.There is so much anger and hatred towards this woman and most people feel that they have the right to feel so - I can only say that the little one is in a much better place, no one knows how he died as this has not been confirmed yet. I just pray to GOD that it was a quick death which I believe our Almighty granted him!Who knows what the child endured in his short life whilst living with the mother.I am asking the one question that still confuses me, if she was responsible for the death of her other children.....WHERE DO THE FAMILIES BOTH MATERNAL AND PATERNAL FIT IN THIS SCENARIO NOT TO SPEAK OF THE HUSBAND THAT WAS MARRIED TO HER FOR HOW MANY YEARS????. How can you know and live with such a person for so many years and not see that there is something seriously wrong?????? Was this child killed where he was found?? Was he killed someplace else and dumped there with his little face in the sand wanting everyone to believe he was smothered? Is there another person involved? I don't believe you can love a child the one minute and kill him the next. There must have been some abuse all along and no one really did anything then - did they. Where was the neighbors, family and friends at that point or was it just taken as an everyday occurrence that children get hiding because they are naughty. There is such a lot of questions? All I'm saying is that there is such a lot of people crying out for help!!!

  • geraldine.leitch - 2012-01-04 10:10

    to Continue....... Al that I'm saying is that there is such a lot of people crying out for help all day everyday. In things they say and do, are they really listened to? Now that the deed is done everyone has lots to say?Please listen and read between the lines when people talk to you about their problems, it's a cry for help and help them then not when its to late!!!!

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