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Father charged with murder for allegedly poisoning his 3 children

 South African police have opened a murder case against a father for the death of three of his sons aged 6, 13, and 16 after consuming an energy drink he allegedly gave them.

Two of the siblings died at school and the third died on the way to the hospital.

A fourth child who consumed the drink is said to be critical at a local hospital. A fifth brother did not finish the energy drink and is fine.

“We have a case of murder that has been opened with three counts and a case of attempted murder,” police spokesperson Brig Brenda Muridili said

 the father is reportedly under guard in hospital after allegedly trying to poison himself.

In a statement, the education department in Gauteng province expressed sadness over the deaths of the three siblings at Ratanda Primary and Khanya Lesedi Secondary Schools.

County education official Panyaza Lesufi termed it “a deliberate act” when asked whether the deaths were a result of contamination or poisoning.

“It looks like it was a deliberate act because the information at our disposal is that the father also attempted to commit suicide. It’s an indication that indeed this thing was planned,” he told local TV station eNCA.

“We also got unconfirmed reports that the mother is also hospitalized, but this is information that we need to verify.”

The official said they would be visiting the schools and family on Friday.

A psycho-social support unit has been sent to offer to counsel to the bereaved family and the school community.

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