SCSA welcomes the sentencing of the mother who killed her children

Friday 20 September 2019
Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) welcomes the sentencing of the Mpumalanga mother, who killed her four children last year. Today the Mpumalanga High Court sentenced Zinhle Maditla to four life terms in prison. 
 
In court it emerged that Maditla had gone to meet the father of her two children, who promised to buy them food and Christmas clothes when she allegedly found him with another woman. On her way back home, she bought rat poison which she mixed with the food she fed her children when she got home.
 
“We believe that the sentence will send a strong message that there can be no excuse for violence against children. We hope it deters would-be perpetrators from using children to get back at their partners, as this is a trend we have witnessed recently. We like the fact that the judge made it clear that personal circumstance in a serious case like this take the back seat,” says Duduzile Skhosana, SCSA Child Protection Programme Manager. 
 
 
It is worrying that children are increasingly abused or killed in places that they are supposed to be safe in and by people who are supposed to protect them. We applaud the work of the South African Police Services, and National Prosecuting Authority in securing the conviction and sentence in this particular case. 
 
 
“This week has been encouraging for the future of our children, with the courts ensuring that are our children are protected from harm,” adds Skhosana.
 
SCSA reiterates its call for parents to seek help when going through difficult times, as this increases the risks of harm to children. 
 
 
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