A mother from Port St. Johns is accused of killing three of her children with a deadly chemical known locally as a tank pill.
The incident has left the Jabavu community in shock and sorrow.
According to the specifics of the incident, all four children were poisoned, but one miraculously survived and sought help from neighbours. This incident occurred in Ward 17, often known as Namba, in the Port St. Johns district.
In recent years, the rural districts of Port St. Johns have seen an uptick in suicides by young people who use tank pills to end their lives. The usage of these toxic substances has prompted serious concerns regarding mental health.
Port St. Johns Mayor Nomvuzo Mlombile-Cingo expressed her shock and sorrow over the tragic incident, calling it a “bad incident that needs the prayers of our country.”
Mlombile-Cingo added, “A mother gave pills to her children, three girls who died, but fortunately, the other one survived and went to report to the neighbours. This happened at Ward 19. They are from Jabavu village and the incident occurred in a forest in Ward 17, a forest called Namba.”
Community members and authorities are dealing with the consequences of such tragedies, highlighting the significance of working together to address the underlying causes that contribute to such painful occurrences.