Parents Tashleema Brandt and Cameron Adams appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on culpable homicide charges after the deaths of their two children.
On 12 June, little Zaytoon Brandt, two, and her eight-month-old sister, Zaynoorah, burnt to death after their parents apparently made a fire inside the Wendy house, but then left them alone inside while they allegedly went out to smoke tik.
The fire destroyed the Wendy house which the couple lived in behind Cameron’s parents’ home in Colorado Park.
Cameron was arrested on the same day while Tashleema fled the scene.
Cameron appeared in court shortly afterwards where it was revealed that before the fire he had been out on R300 bail for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl close to him.
Tashleema handed herself over at Mitchells Plain Police Station.
According to a source she had not realised she had fled a crime scene.
It has also been reported that the children have not been buried yet.
Ward councillor Joan Woodman told the Cape Argus the family was struggling to raise money for the children’s funeral and was waiting on the City to release funds into the account of the undertaker. The money would only reflect on 20-22 July.
She said the family wanted to bury the children on 24 July.
Due to his pending rape trial, Cameron is being remanded at Pollsmoor Prison.
The case has been postponed to 30 August.