Toddlers killed by train

2011-02-18 12:51

Two toddlers were killed by a train while they were playing on the railway tracks in Manenberg in Cape Town, police said today.

Mogamat Salie and his brother, Mogfaiek, aged three and two, died when lying on railway tracks near their home in Manenberg at 5pm yesterday afternoon.

“Apparently they opened the gate and got out of the house,” said Warrant Officer Llewellyn Lakay.

The Provincial Community Police Forum Board said that the minders of the children, the community and Transnet should all take responsibility for the tragic incident.

Fencing that protected the communities was removed by vagrants or was sold as scrap metal.

“The community has not actively done anything about this, nor has the authority repaired or maintained this fencing over a number of years,” said the board’s spokesman, Hanif Loonat.

He urged a meeting to find meaningful solutions to the issues that faced Western Cape communities.

“We are losing young lives on a regular basis. Let us hold people accountable for these tragedies and, as society, raise our concerns unitedly on a regular basis.”

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