Child died while searching for sweets

2014-11-18 00:00

THREE-YEAR-OLD Siyavuya Mcwenga Mthi died while searching for sweets in his parents’ bedroom at his home in Limit Hill near Ladysmith on Sunday.

Instead, the toddler found his father’s gun and shot himself dead.

His heartbroken father, Vuyani Mthi, said: “My child asked for the car keys on Sunday morning after having breakfast. I knew he was looking for something nice to eat or something to play with.”

Mthi said Siyavuya found nothing interesting inside the car and he went to his parents’ bedroom where he searched the entire room until he found his father’s gun, which Mthi said was hidden high up in a cupboard.

“We don’t know how he reached there, because his mother was in the kitchen while both his older brothers were out at the time.”

Mthi said Siyavuya was a very hyper-active toddler who was advanced for his age.

“He was very loved by his community for the person that he was. He was talkative and always greeted people passing by in the road.”

Mthi said his ambitions for the boy were that when he reached 18 years old, he would have held a big ceremony when he would have been due to “go the mountain”. He said he believed Siyavuya would have been very clever at school.

He said the lesson he had learnt from his son’s death resulted in him appealing to other parents of hyperactive children to seek medical assistance for their children’s condition.

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