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    Mother who allegedly bludgeoned her children to death dies

    Eastern Cape Police have confirmed the death of the 32-year-old mother of four children who allegedly bludgeoned her four children with a sledgehammer.

    The incident happened on 9 November at Mhlabubomvu locality, in Engcobo, Eastern Cape. 


    Nomboleko Simayile was arrested immediately after the incident, following the initial investigation which revealed that she was responsible for murder of the children in her home village. 

    The children were asleep in their rondavel at their homestead in the Tsalaba area before their mother allegedly bludgeoned them.

    At the time of her death, the circumstances which led to the killing of children who were aged between two and 11 were still under investigation. 

    According to the information at the disposal of the South African Police Service (SAPS), whilst the mother of four was in police custody on Sunday afternoon, 20 November 2022, she reported to the police that she was not feeling well, but did not say what the nature of the sickness was. 

    The 32-year-old was then immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention, where she allegedly died. The cause of death is yet to be established, once the post mortem has been conducted. 

    Simayile collapsed in the police holding cells before she was meant to appear in the Engcobo Magistrates Court on Thursday, 17 November. In her absence, the case was remanded to 29 November 2022 for a formal bail hearing.

    An Inquest docket has since been registered for investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

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