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Mom: I killed son out of love

2012-08-21 08:20

Cape Town - A Cape Town mother confessed to killing her son “out of love” and “to protect him” - because she said she feared losing him.

The Daily Voice reported receiving a handwritten 6-page confession from Zulfa Jacobs in which she described suffocating her son Taariq, 2, because she feared her husband would take him away from her.

“He wanted to take my son away from me and I couldn’t let that happen,” wrote Jacobs. “If I couldn’t take care of him nobody else would.”

The former crèche teacher begged for forgiveness for the shocking murder that made headlines around the country as her son was first reported missing and Jacobs was later arrested for his murder.

Jacobs admitted to burying her son’s face in the sand until he suffocated to death. In the letter she told how she came to kill him.  

“I was crying thinking where my life is now and what I went through for seven years [in my marriage]. By the time I realised what I was doing to my son it was too late.I couldn’t believe it, that I just killed my son.”

Jacobs wrote how she missed Taariq and how he used to always be by her side.

She will be tried for murder next week. Police are also investigating the deaths of two of her other children.

Comments
  • leigh.mos - 2012-08-21 08:28

    Bull, she was thinking about herself only. She has no conscience. A mother could never hold her childs head in the sand until he sufficated. A sick sick woman.....

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-21 08:34

      agreed...even if he marriage was a shambles as they are so often in these marriages, she should have left her husband, so rather kill your son than leave your husband...coward! Sh*t kill your husband...and plead self defence!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-21 09:03

      "Police are also investigating the deaths of two of her other children"??? What? This woman is clearly a psychopath! She must have been involved in the other 2's killing. Sentence the nut case up and through away the key...

      ganon.nhubunga - 2012-08-21 09:19

      Something is wrong with the lady, she needs help, agreee, she is sick upstairs!!

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-08-21 11:15

      She should have taken her own life...

  • carmillaw - 2012-08-21 08:33

    Very sad, she needs a few life sentences so that memory can torture her for a long time.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-21 08:35

    This is a very sick world with very sick people. I guess It was all part of the wonderful plan for that poor boy.

      cal.bolton.1 - 2012-08-21 09:57

      Judge her for her actions and leave God out of this. No good could exist in such evil!

  • marco.scheepers.391 - 2012-08-21 08:39

    What a shocking story?!!? Can't be called a MOTHER...

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-08-21 08:41

    Selfish .....u denied that angel a life

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-21 08:42

    Evil sociopath. Burn for your sins!

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-21 08:44

    How sick can human beings be

  • Simphiwe Anthony - 2012-08-21 08:51

    you deserve the harshest sentence available... horrible!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-08-21 08:52

    Hang the bitch.....she does not deserve to live

  • bernice.thompson.77 - 2012-08-21 08:55

    There is no excuse on earth that could make somebody take the life of an innocent child, no matter what her cicumstances were. She is a sick women and needs to be put away for life, she should NEVER EVER be allowed to procreate again.

  • Tian Reyneke - 2012-08-21 09:12

    Let the dogs eat you in hell for all eyernity crazy cow

  • modise.kotelo - 2012-08-21 09:12

    That is a stupid, selfish, self-centred and egocentric stance by a mother who claim to luv. She could only think of no one else but herself. 25yrs imprisonmemnt, no parole. If she kills her own son what will she do to you and me? No mercy for the merciless!

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-08-21 09:12

    This women has no clue what real love is... she killed out of jealousy and hatred! What a sick, twisted world we live in... cherish the one's you love with all your heart!

  • ArlsBlondie - 2012-08-21 09:19

    Shame man, poor child did not stand a chance. That child 100% trusted her, "always by her side". Why is it that there are people out there who should not have children at all but do and then those who would've been the mother or father a child should have but are not able to.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-21 09:30

    Somehow I really doubt this - in SA trials take so long to get started, that the criminals have a nice long time to sit in their cells and come up with very creative story's - they ought to put them in a state of suspended animation until the trial. So it'd be like you're under arrest and then you're guilty - go to jail.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-21 09:35

    Zulfa, may you find peace within you for what you did. It will hurt for the rest of your natural life and it will be something that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Hopefully you will not be able to hurt any other child. Your jealosy caused your anger and your anger your greed for your son. Many men also play a role in the state of mind of a woman. Granted some men are innocent (and endeavor the same as many abused woman), but some cause so much mental, physical and spiritual abuse and I guess many women just loose it and I will not judge her for it.

      andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-11-09 12:01

      Wow!I was reading all the comments where all said how horrible this women is,people judged before tryna understand,and love how u put it trying to understand why a mother or a person could do such harm is not making excuses for them,at some point these people were all once said i could never.And its sad that it had to happen to these beautiful innocent babies,but this is what happens, and at any time any one of us(god forbid) may find ourselves there and maybe understand why.No excuse bt sometimes try to understand before judging,dsnt replace that for an excuse,bt always asked,what happened really happened for her to find the guts to do that?was it that bad??

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-21 09:38

    People like this should be sterilised at sentencing! Its not for me to judge why her marriage was a disaster,however I suspect her mental problems played a big roll. Her idea of love is sick!

  • reoagile.motitswe - 2012-08-21 09:38

    love..!love..!s dat wat she said love..?sme1 nids 2 giv her da definition of love.

  • vanessa.rossouw1 - 2012-08-21 09:48

    Wow, this is really sad. :(

  • konfab - 2012-08-21 09:56

    That is a class 1 application of troll logic

  • Forest Gump - 2012-08-21 10:26

    im thinking it sucks when u have no support structure but doesnt really justify murder

  • ndlelenhle.nyathi - 2012-08-21 10:45

    I dnt agree wt da killings of children dat z happening in da entire world esp. in our country. Bt my concern also is wt da ppl who r commiting da crime. I bliev when dey r doing dis dey r nt in their good state of mind. For instance dis lady im pretty much sure she is telling da truth. Abuse hs changed ppl 2 da species i dnt knw myself. Hweva i dnt motivate da situation 2 occur over n over bt my plea is let us help dem. Different stakeholders out de plz asibambisane esp. SAPS dis z where everything start bcos of their neglegence n corruption. Den da victims loose hope n take wrong dczns.

  • ndlelenhle.nyathi - 2012-08-21 10:45

    I dnt agree wt da killings of children dat z happening in da entire world esp. in our country. Bt my concern also is wt da ppl who r commiting da crime. I bliev when dey r doing dis dey r nt in their good state of mind. For instance dis lady im pretty much sure she is telling da truth. Abuse hs changed ppl 2 da species i dnt knw myself. Hweva i dnt motivate da situation 2 occur over n over bt my plea is let us help dem. Different stakeholders out de plz asibambisane esp. SAPS dis z where everything start bcos of their neglegence n corruption. Den da victims loose hope n take wrong dczns.

  • nasiefa.jacksonlazarus - 2012-08-21 10:51

    OMG What about 2 of her other kids that where also killed in the years prior to little Taariq??? why doesn't she confess to that ??? sick person

  • natasha.sturdy1 - 2012-08-21 10:54

    Why did she not just kill herself instead of herself if she loved him so much. I lenghtly,prison sentencei is 2 easy for her.

  • marc.klynhans - 2012-08-21 10:57

    This is exactly the same as abortion.

      delish7564 - 2012-08-21 11:55

      No this is worse, abortion is another topic altogether. Very cruel and misguided :( Children are not a right, they are a privilege and whatever goes on in a marriage, the child should not be the one to pay the ultimate price!!

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-21 11:14

    Bull flippin dust!!!!

  • Jodes101 - 2012-08-21 11:39

    May she be locked up and rot in hell!!!!! What kind of mother kills her children???? She knew very well what she was doing!!!

  • twist.cas - 2012-08-21 14:53

    Our beloved country is full of sick people, what were u thinking when taking the life of that innocent child. Why did not you kill yourself bustard? Stop waisting tax payer's money and send this garbage to jail...

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-21 16:01

    No woman, you killed out of selfishness and lunacy. True love is doing what's best for the child despite your wants and you WANTED him, thus no one could have him. Ironic, isn't it- the poor child would have been better off than your murderous self! You probably killed your other children too!

  • betty.sibeko.3 - 2012-08-21 16:48

    this is sad. how do you resolve to killing a child because his father wants to take him away...there's family courts to hear such matters.

  • raquel.sales.7547 - 2012-08-21 17:25

    Is this the lady from Mitchells Plain?

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-10-29 15:28

    i cant imagine doing this to a child yet alone to ur own child! send that bitch to jail for life!

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