Mother leaves kids home alone to get ‘holy water’ at church

A 54-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her four young children locked up in their home in Johannesburg while she went to church to drink “holy water”. 

Police confirmed that the woman locked the children, age three months‚ 9 months‚ 11 months and six years, in their Soweto home on Tuesday.

Police Captain Mpande Khoza said that neighbours alerted police after they heard the children screaming and shouting.

“According to the neighbours, they say the children were crying from before 09:00 until the police arrived at 14:30. They said they tried to open the door‚ but it was locked.”