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.

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