Poisoning Free State

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Free State: Mother hospitalised after allegedly poisoning herself and kids

The children in the Free State, that allegedly died from poisoning, were identified as three-month-old Naledi and nine-year-old Rethabile.

Poisoning Free State

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A woman in the Free State has been hospitalised after allegedly poisoning herself and her two children. The young ones, unfortunately, did not live to tell the tale. 


On Thursday 27 May 2021 at about 5:50, Free State police received a complaint about children alleged to have died at a house in Tshiame C. 

On arrival at the scene, the two bodies that were identified were that of nine-year-old Rethabile and three-month-old Naledi Dladla. The 31-year-old woman who was identified as the mother to the deceased children was found lying on the floor. 

“It is alleged that the relative was [awakened] by a knock on the door and met by the mother [of] the deceased carrying a three-month-old baby. She allegedly brought the kids one after the other and indicated that she fed them poison and also drank it herself. After bringing the kids, she allegedly collapsed on the floor,” said Colonel Thandi Mbambo. 

The two kids were certified dead at the scene, whilst the mother was referred to hospital in a critical condition. 

The motive behind the alleged killings and attempted suicide is currently unknown, however, two cases of murder have been registered for further investigation.


Free State Police have opened an inquest docket following the mysterious deaths of a family of six in Thaba ‘Nchu. 

On Wednesday 26 May at around 12:30, an employee at a hardware store went to the Thaba ‘Nchu police station to report that he had not seen his employer for the past 10 days. 

Police went to the address that was provided and upon arrival, they were welcomed by a foul smell and flies. Inside, they found a man estimated to be 44-years-old, two girls aged about eight and 10, and a boy estimated to be about three-years-old. 

“Inspecting further in the bedroom, a lifeless body of a female estimated to be about 38-years-old was found and the body of another boy aged about 11-years-old was found in the bathroom,” said Free State Police Colonel Thandi Mbambo. 

“No physical injuries were seen on the bodies but all were found bloated,” she added. 

It is alleged that the deceased are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and were staying in Thaba ‘Nchu. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.