Alleged killer mom to remain behind bars

2012-01-03 14:42

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."

Pregnancy test

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.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-03 15:05

    Lock her up, throw the key away. Bring back the death penalty for child murderers! Is every high profile criminal going to end up in the medical wing of their prisons? For goodness sake!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 18:51

      Make an example of her. This is happening far too often.

  • Ethol - 2012-01-03 15:08

    :Why would anyone carry a baby for 9 months then kill the child when he is 2 years? We as parents are meant to protect the children not hurt them.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 18:48

      Why do it three times? That's what she is suspected of... Nutjob! At the very least sterilize her.

  • Ziona - 2012-01-03 15:10

    While she is in there sterilize the bitch!! Make sure she can NEVER have another baby!!!!

  • Lee - 2012-01-03 15:23

    She must stay there and be forgotten about. SICK, I don't even think I can call her a woman/mother or human being.

  • noyi.thembeka - 2012-01-03 15:32

    it’s quite sad, for a mother to do such a heartless thing we are meant to protect them and love them and provide them with all the warmth and love in the world, shame my the poor baby may his soul rest in peace, maybe he suffered more abuse before he is resting now.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 15:34

    IF the suspicions are true and she did[God forbid] kill her other 2 childrn-did no family members ever notice or suspect anything? If 2 children die at different intervals......well what are the odds? We dont have all the facts yet but if this is true I dont belive that NO ONE suspected wnything. She should be sterilised immediately and go straight to trial without bail. The scary thing is she thought she was pregnant again!!!!

  • Perfume - 2012-01-03 15:37

    Do not even consider bail, they are fearing for her life outside - it is going to be worse for her inside - she is a WICKED WOMAN!!!!!

  • - 2012-01-03 16:12

    Oh FFS!! Not another "medical case"!! Then tax payers must keep this animal alive and well! (And Im sorry for insulting animals by comparing them to her, because most animals wont even kill their own offspring!) IMO she should get bail and let loose so that the community can have their way with her. She doesnt even deserve a plate of prison food!

  • Gail - 2012-01-03 16:37

    One of the initial reports said she was pregnant and now it appears she is not pregnant. Before we condemn this woman can we please wait and hear the real story. If she can imagine she is pregnant it is possible that she thinks she killed her child when in reality he may have died of neglect and she simply buried him. This article is confusing to say the least. Cause of death of the little boy has still not been established and now she has a huge abscess on her breast and must be hospitalised. She sounds seriously disturbed or mentally deranged perhaps because she has a tumour growing on her brain. It is really sad that the little boy died but perhaps it is as well if this woman is a pro as his chances of having the sort of upbringing that all children have a right to sound very slim. Foster homes and adoptions can be just as destructive as having your mother kill you by abortion or subsequent to raising you for two years. At least his suffering is over.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-03 17:08

      You appear to be the one with the tumour on the brain if you can write such rubbish.

      Shirley - 2012-01-03 17:43

      You cant be serious????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      Lynette - 2012-01-03 18:33

      Quite weired observations. Maybe you should rethink what you have written. Murder stays murder!! The tumour on the brain is a diagnosis that you make. Please refrain from writing if you can't do it with empathy.

      George - 2012-01-03 21:21

      Gail How can you write a story such as this. Even is she is mentally disturbed , does that warrant the murder of her son. She is sick there should be no treatment for her. She should not even be locked up let her die the way her son died.

      Kerry - 2012-01-10 11:17

      Hello this is her 3rd child that has died .......... brain tumor or not the woman needs to be put down! like YESTERDAY!

  • Alva - 2012-01-03 22:22

    Awful and very tragic. Poor little child. Woman could be mentally unstable.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-03 23:53

    Bring back the 'Death Penalty'. She should be sent to prison and should also be sterilised to not have any more kids.

  • Monique - 2012-01-04 08:54

    Seriously NEWS 24!!!! How many times do you want to publish the same article under different headings???? YOU SUCK!

  • WotzisName - 2012-01-04 09:54

    The poor child, what kind of suffering and pain did little Tariq endure in the moments before he died! I don't understand what deranged cowardly evil possesses a sane adult to do this to an innocent child, let alone how a person could hate their own child to this extent! Seriously, this woman does not deserve her own life on this earth!

  • Monica - 2012-02-16 08:14

    am glad she killed her own child .i will her with ma hands when she touchies mine shame poor child

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