Killer mother ashamed of stabbing son

2011-03-30 22:25

Pretoria - A Tembisa mother who stabbed her five-year-old son to death then mutilated his body is overwhelmed by shame and wishes she was dead, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Educational psychologist Sunette van den Heever testified that Batseba Irene Lekgeu, 26, could not cope in the same way a normal person did and that this impaired her judgement when she murdered her son Andile in November 2008.

Lekgeu admitted taking her son to an abandoned house in Nebo where she repeatedly stabbed him before cutting off his ear and penis to make it look like a muti-murder.

She confessed to the police the same day because she could not live with what she had done.

She said she had blamed her son for all of her problems: her family had rejected her because her son's father was a known criminal, she had received no support and had battled financially.


Van den Heever testified that Lekgeu was exposed to severe abuse and deprivation as a child and as an adult.

She fell pregnant with her first child at the age of 14, had Andile when she was in Grade 12 and had a third child out of wedlock while supporting her family on her job as a till operator.

Her mother kicked her out of the house several times because Andile's father was a criminal, the father's family refused to help and her boyfriend rejected her because he was not willing to take care of Andile.

She had sought help from her grandmother on the day before the killing, but was told to persevere and cope with her problems.

All of these circumstances had caused her to feel increasingly depressed, lonely, helpless, frustrated and suicidal.

"It seems that she was a product of her circumstances and lacked confidence and assertiveness," Van Heerden said.

"... She is of the opinion that if problems were addressed sooner, that she would not have acted as she did. She acknowledges the hideousness of her crime and has intense remorse."

Van den Heever said Lekgeu had already been severely punished and found it hard to survive in prison as the inmates were aggressive and hostile towards one another and she missed her children and family.

The trial continues.

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-31 07:20

    Whata stupid headline! Wishes he was not dead! Goodness me. She should be though...

  • Wacko - 2011-03-31 08:16

    May she live to be 120 that she can never forget what she did...........

      LadyJJ - 2011-03-31 10:58

      i second that

  • Brian - 2011-03-31 08:20

    She should receive the same treatment as she dished out to her son

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-31 09:09

    Her actions cannot be condoned. However, she is the product of circumstance & there are thousands in a similar position. Something needs to be done....

      LadyJJ - 2011-03-31 11:02

      i think she had a choice why not give him up.... why kill him and so brutally by cutting him up

  • Telara - 2011-03-31 09:12

    You people shouldn't judge, you have no idea what she went through before doing what she did. Like you lot have never done anything you've regretted. Shame on all of you!

      Melly31 - 2011-03-31 09:29

      Postnatal Depression - seems like to me!!! I had it, but not once did I think of KILLING MY KIDS, You get through it, were there is a world there is always away... Yes, she went through alot because she was rejected, BUT that should not of been her little boys fault, he did not ask to be here, there are many other solutions "MANY"... What give her the right to take a inocent life! So shame on you Telara...

      Annerie - 2011-03-31 10:22

      Oh Please! Catch a Wake Up!!!!!!!!!!!

      Zelda - 2011-03-31 11:39

      Yes we good people (with many mistakes and wrong doings) do have lots of regrets, but we do not KILL, not even our pets! There is obvioulsy some big spychological defect in this killer and she should be institutionalized before she kills again (maybe and inmate?)

      Winston - 2011-03-31 12:16

      She was shagging someone when she was 14 and got pregnant???? How doff do you need to be? If she was my child, I would chuck her out the house too. Her circumstances developed AFTER she feel pregnant by a criminal. She wants to shag a criminal then she can take the abuse that comes with it but yet its the child that suffers!!

      Winston - 2011-03-31 12:20

      she shag and got pregnant at 14?? She shags a criminal and then falls pregnant and she wonders why her family dumps her??? Her circumstances developed AFTER she fell pregnant with Andile. Other people on this website, as I am, may be dumb but we certainly not stupid!! She was my daughter, I would kick her out too!

      Carmen - 2011-04-01 06:04

      Nothing is so bad that you could do something like this to a child - Yes, she has had it rough BUT STILL NO EXCUSE to kill !

      i.f.chick - 2011-04-04 20:50

      @ Melly31, Postnatal depression; if not treated, it can be fatal. This is a clear case proving that. Not everyone thinks positively at their lowest. I do not like the route she took & don't think I would ever take it but I'm also not quick to judge others' actions.

  • Ms Mo - 2011-03-31 09:25

    Here's a thought...don't have kids if you feel burdened by them!! To think that so many people struggle to have children and others do this. Utterly shocking. Feeling 'severely punished' is not good enough. May she be given a punishment that she deserves.

  • Kim - 2011-03-31 09:41

    Oh shame. she finds prison harsh and misses her children. I'm sure her children are just releived not to be anywhere near her anymore.

      Melly31 - 2011-03-31 10:43

      WHo cares, she does not deserve to live - she should not even be a mother!! SHE CAN ROT IN HELL FOR ALL I CARE

  • ChrissieM - 2011-03-31 10:10

    Who's fault is it that she fell pregnant every time? Only her own!

  • Annerie - 2011-03-31 10:20

    What a lot of CRAP!!!!! When you murder you child....Let us get a Shrink to say you did not think clearly..... KAK MAN!!!!

  • Rabbit - 2011-03-31 10:25

    One must wonder what a desperate state a mother must be in to take her own life and that of her child. She must have been going through such depression and one can only ask howcome nobody ever picked up on that, or if they did why did nobody find out if they could help her.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-31 11:24

      She didn't take her own life. Just that of her innocent child

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-31 10:38

    Shes ashamed?? Ag siestog.

  • Joyi Malenga - 2011-03-31 10:41

    Victim of her circumstances. Immersed in a sociaety that condones a 14 year old falling pregnant. And Malema's claim tht this is revolutionary. There are probably more stories like this where she comes from. Formal education is vital. Only way to reverse the poverty cycle and instill self-worth in the girls from these types of societies/communities.

  • Nofi - 2011-03-31 10:45

    This poor woman - she has all my sympathy

      Melly31 - 2011-03-31 11:01

      WHAT? You must support that SHE KILLED A HER LITTLE BOY TO THEN??? F*ck you!

      winter123 - 2011-03-31 11:49

      You have my sympathy, cause you're just as f*cked up in the head as her!

      flea23 - 2011-03-31 12:55

      Are you kidding me? You choose who you become, regardless of your previous or current circumstances. She has absolutely NO excuse!

  • Nthabi Mfetane - 2011-03-31 11:13

    Now thatz a real Bitch...she needs a good slap,how could she commit such a horrific incident?

      Winston - 2011-03-31 12:16

      I second that!

      pawsaw - 2011-03-31 12:55

      Perhaps if this "bitch" as you call her had received guidance and love before she reached the age of 14 instead of abuse and violence, she would have had more self esteem than to fall pregnant, who knows if she wasn't raped by a family male the first time. Do not criticise what you don't understand until you have walked in HER shoes yourself. She needs psychological counselling and will live with the regrets forever - the child at least will not suffer and grow up to become a murderer himself. Where are the men in her life and how are they helping her - it is always the owman's/girl's fault when an older male rapes her and they get away with it time after time because it is a man's world. Actions have consequences and if you were lucky enough to have grown up in a home where you learned those things do not judge others who did not do so. Judge not lest it happen in your family!

      Melly31 - 2011-03-31 13:12

      @pawsaw - yes we kill our kids in our families, she knew what she was doing clearly at the age of 14 and there is nothing mentioned about rape abuse ect, she should of kept your legs closed... SHE KILLED HER LITTLE BOY, their is no excuss for that. Let me guess you would of done the same thing too, ehy?? SO you can f*ck off too...

      winter123 - 2011-03-31 13:16

      @ pawsaw - She had 3 children from different men! Psychologists would have used rape in her defence, had it in fact lead to any of her pregnancies... Sure, her circumstances were horrible, but that does NOT justify killing her own in such a disgusting manner!!! There are options for women with unwanted children such as adoption! My own family adopted a little boy whose mother left him in a plastic bag with his umbilical cord still attached. And don't tell me she wouldn't give up her own blood, just look at what she eventually did to him!!!!! We who criticise understand all too well, YOU need a bit of perspective in this instance... By your sentence: 'the child at least will not suffer and grow up to become a murderer himself', you reveal just how narrow-minded you really are! As if that at least is one less problem in this world... How ignorant of you!

  • Jennifer - 2011-03-31 11:41

    Does she want people to feel sorry for her?? Just think after she first stabbed him how he had to have cried in pain and couldn't understand what was happening. Did she feel sorry for him?? So what if you have a hard time in prison, you should suffer an even more for what you did.

      Winston - 2011-03-31 12:21

      Hope that they beat the crap out of her in prison! Maybe stab her a few times but let her live but in pain!

  • winter123 - 2011-03-31 11:47

    She misses her children & family... Oh, only those children whose dad's didn't give her shit? Aijaijai, please help her out of her misery...

  • flea23 - 2011-03-31 12:56

    We choose who we become, regardless of our previous or current circumstances. She has absolutely NO excuse!

      Melly31 - 2011-03-31 13:08


      Jennifer - 2011-03-31 14:12

      Agree 100%

  • Larnice Hutton - 2011-03-31 12:58

    5 year old mutilated! Stabbed! .... my God ....there are no words....... what is this world coming to!!!!!!!!1

      Gloria - 2011-04-05 02:53

      Say it again, just imagining how the poor little thing went through makes me sick to the stomach and so sad for him, it's plain sick...horrible to say the least.

  • Kez - 2011-03-31 13:04

    She new what she was doing was wrong. thats why she took him to an abandoned house and made it look like a muti murder. What is wrong with people.

  • molefe_tebogo - 2011-03-31 13:27

    I don't feel any pity for this bitch!-killing her own son- Let her rot in jail ans suffer the consequences.Tebogo

      Naraku - 2011-03-31 14:31

      Exactly. She murdered her own child. It does not get more clear cut. If you are capable of that, you are capable of anything.

  • Naraku - 2011-03-31 14:28

    "It seems that she was a product of her circumstances and lacked confidence and assertiveness," So she is not responsible for sleeping around? Not responsible for hanging out with known criminals? Not responsible for having a bunch of babies she couldn't afford to look after?

  • Bigyin - 2011-03-31 14:54

    How, it's not my fault. It is because I did not get free stuff from the ANC......bla bla bla bla. Don't have kids if you can't afford them. This kid was 5 years old! He knew he was being killed! By his own mother! He must have begged her to stop. Maybe he is better off dead - Can you imagine how she treated him prior to murdering him.

  • Cherry Robinson - 2011-03-31 15:30

    Everytime I read these forums, it always occurs to me that those who post comments have nothing better to do. I am also truly amazed by the ignorance of the posters. The first thing that crossed my mind when I first read the article is that this woman had not emotional support from her family. There are reasons why girls fall pregnant at 14. There are reasons why people kill their children. And these reasons are not obvious to most ignorant people. God be with her. She started serving a life sentence from the moment it happened. She has a conscience and that is why she went to the police on the very same day. I can not honestly say that the posters of the nasty comments on this forum have a conscience hence the call for her to suffer even more.

  • v3 - 2011-03-31 17:07

    Another victim-perpetrator and another person turning to violence - our national disease Apart from her upbringing, I wonder how much education she received and what her intelligence is. So sad. What a wasted life.

  • Carmen - 2011-04-01 06:02

    Yes, sounds like the poor woman has had it rough - Still no excuse for what she has done - May he Rest in peace !

  • nkosinathi.gumbi - 2011-04-04 21:54

    She deserves to be stoned.

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