Grim details emerge of family tragedy

2011-10-20 10:26

Bloemfontein - A woman from a village bordering the North West and the Northern Cape is believed to have drowned her five children in a bucket of water.

Police spokesperson Captain Cherelle Ehlers said a 35-year-old woman would be charged with murder in the Pampierstad district court on Thursday.

She went to her parents’ house in Majeakgoro village on Monday evening.

Her five children - three boys and two girls aged 13, 10, 5, 4 and 2 years old - were with her.

She was alone at the house with the children when the tragedy happened. A 10-year-old relative later found the children’s bodies and called the police.

“The woman was arrested on Tuesday,” said Ehlers.

Israel Itumeleng Lesimola, father of three of the children, lived with the woman and children in Mountain View.

Appeared to be happy

His brother, Patrick Lesimola, said the family appeared to be happy.

“We never knew anything was wrong.

“Police and my brother came here on Monday night. Police took me aside and told me what had happened.

“They asked me to support my brother. At the time he did not yet know the details.

“They took us to the grandparents’ house in Lower Majeakgoro.

“We went in and found the bodies in two rooms, on the floor and beds. All had blood running from their noses.”

In the rooms there were two 20-litre buckets of water. The mother presumably drowned them.

“She was nowhere to be found. We found her cellphone on the bedside table. Police found her on Tuesday on the riverbank,” he said.

  • Debbie - 2011-10-20 10:47

    This is incredibly sad! She is obviously troubled but was it necessary to do this? OY Vey! What a sad state of affairs - that she couldn't seek help...

  • rynier - 2011-10-20 10:53

    It is sick! I am sick of hearing this kind of sad sick stuff. God help S.A!!!!

      Rowanne - 2012-03-18 08:56

      makes me incredibly thankful that I was able to leave for a different world. harder and different, but without this sick evil stuff which seems to have become normal - can there ever be a happy ending?

  • Janice - 2011-10-20 11:01

    How do you drown a 13 and 10 year old???????????????????? Savage!!

      Nikita - 2011-10-20 11:12

      How do you drown ANY of your children???

      Heather - 2011-10-20 13:48

      I know. You would think that they would fight back unless they were drugged.

      Gail - 2011-10-20 16:57

      She has to have locked them in a room and taken them out one by one from eldest to youngest, maybe knocked them unconscious as she got them out of the room. On some level she had to be very organised and physically strong to do this as well as motivated. She may have been mentally impaired but she was capable of thinking out the best way to go about doing it and then put it into action. The grandparents home must have been very isolated as well. Sad and weird and the children are in a better place.

      Cindy - 2011-11-30 18:26

      TOTALLY agree with Gail on this! you are spot on!

      Tasneem - 2012-04-25 16:06


  • Victor - 2011-10-20 11:16

    This raises questions about Men, we need more responsible men to help our women. Five children one woman...not good :(

      Vincent - 2011-10-20 11:26

      True. I have heard that raising just one kid as a single mom can be really hard - imagine five! But having said that, People in SA need to be encouraged to have less children altogether, 5 kids - thats alot of children!

      Victor - 2011-10-20 11:32

      @Vincent i agree bro, i mean people nowadays due to poverty and conditions of the anc government's ignorance to help them instead they encourage people to just have kids for these aids and i think the should be a law that regulates who must have a kid and not...

  • zeekoevlei - 2011-10-20 11:23

    How do you drown a 13yr old in a bucket of water? That's impossible.

      Debbie - 2011-10-20 11:41

      I doubt she would have had the strength to do this without help - one shouldn't speculate but it's human nature to and I would guess maybe she gave them medication to make them sleep/ drowsy?

  • Janice - 2011-10-20 11:43

    Nikita, what I meant was, phisically how. Kids are bigger in todays day, it just doesnt make sense to me!

  • Gwen - 2011-10-20 14:33

    Same report as earlier, head line is very misleading !!! What new details have been found?? Has the stupid woman said why she did this ? ? RIP little ones!!!!

  • clarkson711 - 2011-10-20 17:00

    I cant believe how sick this world is and how somebody could do this :(

  • lilani.heath - 2012-01-27 10:14

    Dont have children if you cant @#$& look after them!!! When are people gonna get this!!

  • Rowanne - 2012-03-18 09:00

    this is evil. relieved that this is still seen as horrific and outrageus and doesnt happen where I live

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