Mom kills son, tries to commit suicide

2012-10-09 08:47

Johannesburg - A Gauteng mother tried to kill all of her children and attempted suicide after the attack but survived.

The Star reported that one of the children, a 3-year-old boy, died while a 4-year-old girl survived.

The family was not identified.

The mother and her three children were living with the woman’s 63-year-old mother in Orlando East in Johannesburg.

It is alleged that on the night of 24 September, she strangled the boy and tried to hang herself. It was not clear how she tried to kill her daughter.

The grandmother’s eldest daughter called the police and the woman was arrested and charged with murder.

The grandmother said her daughter had had some problems with mental illness, “but she was a good child. I’m still trying to understand why she did it. As her mom, I’m saddened.”

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-09 08:53

    Mental illness is terribly sad and far-reaching. What hope do the majority have of getting help? Ag jong, now I'm sommer sad.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-09 08:58

    Rather try kill yourself first. Now a little girl has to live without her brother or her mother.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-09 09:00

    Such behavior is still unusual

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-09 09:31

      No, its not. Read the news and you will see just how regular this is becoming in SA (and some other places)

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-10-09 09:01

    How awful for all the family. Where is the help for the mentally ill in this country. Where are the family,neighbours and friends. Time we started looking out for each other and government get their ass into gear concerning the health dept. Poor woman.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-09 09:18

    Something / someone must have triggered her reaction to an action. Question ? RIP little one.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-09 09:29

    The country is experiencing anger & frustration crisis, where a person feels that he/she can not do unless he/she injures or kills some body for him/hr to calm down - of which they end up calming down in prison with heavy pains of failed suicide. Every day of our lives in South Africa cases of killing are increasing and mostly with simple reasons - and you turn and ask yourself "is this reasons enough for the death of a human"? I therefore encourage the government with all its department to give time in anger management campaign - where a person before hand must calm himself or herself without committing any atrocity to a human being. NGOs, the CBOs, the religious sector please preach this in your speeches.

      althea.meintjies - 2012-10-09 10:00

      How about eliminating the causes of the anger in SA? Why treat the symptom and not the condition itself? This morning (again!) I felt like killing a taxi driver, and why you may ask, because they don't value the lifes of others also using the what you saying is that I should keep myself calm while they are not respecting our lifes?

  • monyadiwe.mmutlana - 2012-10-09 09:35

    This is a sad story indeed, i feel sorry for the Grandmother and the lil girl. May the lil boy s soul RIP.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-09 09:38

    If you want to die-its your choice. You dont have the rught to choose to end a childs life! Its selfish and cruel.There must of been signs she was depressed or acting down. We need to be more in tune to how people close to us are behaving,so that tragedies like this dont happen.Now the poor child left behind will carry this burden for the rest of her life!!!

      kingdom.ndlovu.1 - 2012-10-09 15:53

      its the african way shirley, we must always listen to our ancestors.

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  • itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-10-09 09:49

    I truly sympathise with a lot of women who are naturally loving, get tricked/forced into having kids with promises of love evwerlasting, only to be left to take care of those children on their own. Although we don't condone the act of killing, I can't help but wonder if her mental illness was not as a result of months or years of worry about the healthy upkeep/bringing of those kids on her own.

  • abiel.lesikara - 2012-10-09 10:17

    Frustration and anger.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-09 14:40

    I don't expect much support for this theory, but I am almost convinced that we humans are regressing/mutating backwards. This situation I believe is compounded by the fact that quantity rather than quality has become the norm or far too easily accepted as a norm......big families, far too many children per classroom, far too many to share health resources etc etc. With this being the fact of the matter, I repeat quality of life, care, opportunities etc are all watered down. We are trying to be too clever for the natural scheme of things. If this woman had received more help in the ealier stages of her illness she may even be 100% today....instead with far too many trying to get a piece of the pie she probably never had that opportunity..... the regression of the quality of people will the detriment of qualty for all.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-10-09 16:17

    Finish the job.....HANG HER!

      cherry.tcmr - 2012-10-10 09:47

      Who are you to judge. We haven't read her side of the story but the Judge will sentence her accordingly. You're ignorant Bongile.langa

  • sakhele.ndabeni.7 - 2012-10-09 23:05

    oh shame the lady looks so stressed/confused...Jesus is coming back if he is not here,,,,

      erica.wessels.7 - 2012-10-10 09:19

      Sakhele, that is not actually a photograph of the woman in this story. It is Shutterstock file photo used only for illustration purposes.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-09 23:34

    This is terribly sad.. RIP little one and hope the mother gets the necessary help! Mental disease can be fatal..

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  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-10 02:59

    Orlando East says it all bloody savages!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-10 06:06

    This is so sad, the mom probably believed that if she killed the kids and herself they would all be together in the SUPPOSED afterlife. Just hope it wasn't after an argument. Drastic measure

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-10-10 07:53

    stupid piece of crap, may she burn in hell for eternity.

  • riotousr - 2012-10-10 09:01

    Bi-ppolar which in some community will be defined as some seriously incurable case of bewitching. She was believed, I tell you.

  • nadine.nortje.1 - 2012-10-10 11:44

    An absolutely crazy world we live in!!!!

  • jolenevanniekerk - 2012-10-10 14:32

    RIP little man. That poor little girl, growing up is enough of a struggle, now to live with this too :(

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