The Emalahleni Local Municipality in Witbank stepped in to assist the family to bury the four angels allegedly killed by their own mother.
At one year, Ethen was the youngest of 24-year-old Zinhle Maditla’s four children, who were found murdered last week in their home in Klarinet in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
The other siblings are eight-year-old Minenhle, seven-year-old Blessing and three-year-old Shaniqua.
Their bodies were found by relatives on December 30, after Zinhle allegedly phoned to tell them she had left something for them at her home.
She is the main suspect behind the killings.
According to police, the children’s corpses had already begun decomposing when they were found. All four had been wrapped in blankets.
It was not immediately clear how they had been killed.
The programme for the children’s funeral service displayed their photos and gave their date of death as December 27, the day after they were last seen alive.