Mom kills kids to save lover

A 24-YEAR-OLD mother was arrested yesterday for killing her two children by slitting their throats in the Mbutshane area of Sweetwaters, outside Pietermaritzburg.

A 24-YEAR-OLD mother was arrested yesterday for killing her two children by slitting their throats in the Mbutshane area of Sweetwaters, outside Pietermaritzburg.

Nontobeko Mngadi,5, and Xolani Mngadi, 3, were found lying on the bed in the house with several open wounds to their heads. Their throats had been slit.

Local councillor Babashane Ntuli described the tragedy as shocking.

He alleged that the woman killed her children to protect her boyfriend, who is accused of raping Nontobeko.

"This woman must be mad. She killed her own children to protect her boyfriend, who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly raping Nontobeko," said Ntuli.

The woman, who cannot be identified until she appears in court today, allegedly killed her children yesterday morning.

Police also confirmed that the boyfriend was arrested on Sunday for the alleged rape.

Police spokesperson Inspector Joey Jeevan said that police received a report of a murder and on arrival at the scene, they found the two children dead.

Jeevan said initial investigations at the scene established that at about 5am yesterday, a 50-year-old woman was on her way to a neighbouring kraal to prepare her two grandchildren for pre-school.

"On her way she noticed her 24-year-old daughter run past her kraal. She proceeded to her daughter's kraal where she made the gruesome discovery," Jeevan said.

She subsequently alerted the neighbours, who summoned the police and a short while later the mother of the children was handed over to the police.

It is believed that she was found wandering around in a nearby soccer field. She was immediately placed under arrest.

Meanwhile, Ntuli further explained that the community was shocked at what had happened.

"How can a mother do such a thing to her own kids? She is the worst mother to do such a terrible thing to her own kids to wipe out evidence against a boyfriend," said Ntuli.

The councillor said he had been working hard in the ward to teach about crime and its effects.

Ntuli said not far from the house, a two-year-old baby was also killed when he was electrocuted yesterday morning.

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