Mom relates how she killed her 5 kids
She was pregnant at the time of the killings. The child she was pregnant with is now aged five months, and is being cared for by her sister
A MOTHER of six this week pleaded guilty to killing five of her children.
A calm Vinolia Kelebogile Siwa listened while her lawyer read a statement in which she described how she killed Sizwe, 13, Lukhanyo, 10, Edward, 5, Reatlegile, 4, and Naledi, 2.
Siwa, 33, was all smiles while chatting with Itumeleng Lesimola, the father of her four youngest children, before court proceedings started in the North West High Court in Vryburg.
She sat emotionless while her lawyer, Advocate Nzame Skibi, read her statement in which she described how on October 17 last year she stabbed four children and drowned her two-year-old daughter.
Siwa said she was severely depressed because she was unemployed, and that Lesimola was abusive towards her and her children.
She said Lesimola was contributing only R100 a month maintenance.
The father of her first two children died long before she met Lesimola.
She said Lesimola beat her children, saying he was disciplining them so that they grow stronger.
"He used to beat Sizwe, who was disabled, more than the others ... and he broke his leg as a result.
"When I asked him to stop, he would shout at me. The children were living in constant fear of him," she said.
She could not take it any more because she had to feed and assist Sizwe and her youngest child, Naledi.
She was pregnant at the time of the killings. The child she was pregnant with is now aged five months, and is being cared for by her sister.
She said that on October 17, she called her sister to fetch her and the children so they could visit her mother. She left with her sister and her four children to fetch her son, Edward, from school.
Her sister dropped her off at her mother's house in Lower Majeakgoro in Pampierstad.
There she asked her brother, Mogomotsi Siwa, to help her fill the bath with water so that she could bathe her children.
When her brother left the house, she went to the kitchen, pulled out a sharp knife and stabbed four of her children in the neck. She then drowned the youngest in the bath.
"I do not know how I got out of the house after the incident. The following day the police found me under the tree ... and I do not know how I got there," she said.
She felt terrible about the deaths.
Siwa was sent to Weskoppies psychiatric institution and West End Hospital for mental observation. She was diagnosed with acute psychosis.
Judge Ronald Hendricks postponed the case to November 12 to get a social worker's report before handing down sentence.