Family of Klarinet mom accused of killing her four children disappointed after failed bail bid: 'We still love Zinhle and we forgave her'

2019-06-24 17:12
Murder accused Zinhle Maditla in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga. (Balise Mabona, News24 Correspondent)

Murder accused Zinhle Maditla in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga. (Balise Mabona, News24 Correspondent)

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The family of Zinhle Maditla, who is accused of killing her four children in Klarinet, eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, expressed their disappointment on Monday after she was denied bail by the Witbank Magistrate’s Court.

"We still love Zinhle and we forgave her a long time ago," said Maditla's uncle, Kevin Balance.

Balance was speaking to reporters outside the court shortly after Magistrate Mdumiseni Mavuso denied Maditla bail. He said his family still believed that she was not in the right state of mind when she allegedly killed her children.

"We are still angry about the deaths of the children, but we wanted Zinhle to get bail so that she can come back home. We think she was not herself when she did that. She made a mistake," said Balance.

Zinhle Maditla

Zinhle Maditla's aunt Prudence Nkosi, her uncle Kevin Balance and Prudence Mahlangu outside the court. (Balise Mabona, News24 correspondent)

He added that the children's deaths had left a big void in their family. However, Balance did not dispute a psychiatric assessment report that was presented to the same court in April, which revealed that Maditla was fit to stand trial.

Maditla, 24, was represented by advocate Mphile Ndzondo from Legal Aid South Africa.

Delivering the bail judgment in court earlier, Mavuso said Maditla failed to present evidence to show that exceptional circumstances existed that it was in the interest of justice for the court to grant her bail.

He added that the court also considered the argument that was presented by prosecutor Johan Harmse on June 14 that Maditla concealed evidence by keeping the bodies of the children in her rented room for four days.

"The applicant [Maditla] denied her friend access to the room and the bodies were found decomposed," said Mavuso.

"It is clear the applicant is capable of concealing evidence. Despite the fact that this case has attracted media attention, it has also shocked the community.

"It is on record that the applicant is related to state witnesses, who include her mother. The court can therefore not guarantee that they will not discuss the merits of this case if she is released on bail."

Maditla was arrested on December 30 last year after she handed herself over to the Vosman police station. This was shortly after the decomposed bodies of her four children - two girls aged four and eight, and two boys aged seven and 11 months - were found in her rented room.

She faces four counts of premeditated murder. 

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