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Katlehong mother to remain in custody

Esther Moyana is accused of killing her two young daughters with poisoned juice.

Esther Moyana is pictured as she entered the Heidelberg Magistrate’s Court on 18 October 2013 to face two charges of murder. She is accused of poisoning her two young daughters. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

HEIDELBERG - Police are expecting the post-mortem results confirming the cause of death of two young Katlehong girls who were allegedly poisoned by their mother to be released on Monday.

Esther Moyana will remain in custody before appearing in court for a second time next week.

The girls, aged one and three, were found dead in an abandoned building in Zonkizizwe on Wednesday.

Their mother appeared in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court on Friday and was charged with two counts of murder.

The 26-year-old is spending the weekend in police custody as police wait for the post-mortem results.

Moyana is expected to apply for bail next week but the state has indicated that it will oppose the application.

In court on Friday, the Magistrate indicated the case could be moved to the High Court or Regional Court at a later stage.

Moyana was found lying next to her daughters' bodies on Wednesday and was admitted to hospital in critical condition.

She then told police the father of her children was to blame.

But police say she lied and witnesses say the father wasn't even near the township at the time.

The man has since given a statement to police.

Moyana told the court on Friday she was unemployed and planned to apply for legal aid.

She entered the court barefoot and wearing a green summer dress. She was visibly shivering.