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Troubled mom jailed for setting her boys alight

By PHILANI NOMBEMBE, Times Media Group | Oct 26, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 12 ]

A mother who killed her 9-year-old son for smoking has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

The 37-year-old from Delft in Cape Town caught her two sons with cigarettes in May last year.

She drenched them with paraffin. Enraged, she struck a match and the boys were set alight.

Her older son escaped but the other sustained 90% burns to his body and died at the Red Cross Hospital six weeks later.

Handing down sentence in the Cape Town High Court yesterday, Judge Vincent Saldanha said the woman’s nine-year-old's dream of becoming a doctor had been cut short.

Reports from various social workers and clinical psychologists showed that the mother suffered from depression and had attempted suicide twice.

Her mother abused and neglected her as a child. She was also kicked out her home when she fell pregnant at 16.

Nomavayi became 'over-protective' of her children.

“[The deceased] and his brother were much loved and spent most of their time playing soccer in the confines of the family home,” said Saldanha.

Her efforts to protect her children were seemingly dashed when she found them smoking.

She was convicted of murder and attempted murder.

Her surviving son in is foster care pending a Family Court inquiry.

Saldanha ordered that she undergo counselling in prison and that the Department of Social Services in the Western Cape should ensure that her surviving son receives counselling.

COMMENTS [ 12 ]

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Oct 26, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

sad, its not even her fault. she suffering from depression.

Oct 26, 2012 3:36 | 0 replies

MissSmile
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Hahahaha, you 2 go get a room. Don't bring your erotic desires here

Oct 26, 2012 3:27 | 0 replies

oi robin whats with changing names u think we dont know you get back to work

Oct 26, 2012 3:12 | 0 replies

Papage: Oh just go away with your anti CT lunacy man. You're pathetic.

Oct 26, 2012 3:1 | 0 replies

Climate change is affecting Capetonians very bad, just yesterday " A 33 year old man raped his 55 year old mother, three or four Police killed few days ago, gang violence is a day and night affair, Drugs, drugs, Drugs and the President refuse to sent the Army there.

Oct 26, 2012 3:0 | 0 replies

MissSmile: Oh, I'm flattered. *blushing*

Oct 26, 2012 2:53 | 0 replies

I have a crush on Robin

Oct 26, 2012 2:50 | 0 replies

Is someone somewhere playing a fool?Are we going to get these type of stories daily now.Where are we headed.We are truly living in insane times.Lord have MERCY.

Oct 26, 2012 2:25 | 0 replies

The 37-year-old from Delft in Cape Town caught her two sons with cigarettes in May last year.
She drenched them with paraffin. Enraged, she struck a match and the boys were set alight.
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damn, that is some discipline.............. I wonder what she would have done had she caught them taking drugs.......... (bullets to the head)

Oct 26, 2012 2:20 | 0 replies

what is going on in this world, mara the killings, rapes, fraud abuses, and all this crazy stuff that people are doing every day why God ples help us

Oct 26, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies