Boy killed at Centre

2015-10-13 06:00
A gate at the Family and Youth Centre in Tafelsig fell and crushed a 5-year-old boy, who later died of his injuries in hospital. Police say they do not suspect foul play. 

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Samantha lee

A gate at the Family and Youth Centre in Tafelsig fell and crushed a 5-year-old boy, who later died of his injuries in hospital. Police say they do not suspect foul play. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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An investigation into the death of a 5-year-old boy has been launched.

The boy had been playing at the Mitchell’s Plain Family and Youth Centre in Kilimanjaro Street on the afternoon of Thursday 1 October, says police spokesperson Sergeant Jerome Voegt.

“It is believed that a large metal gate fell on the boy,” says Voegt.

He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He died as a result of his injuries around 22:00 that evening.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says: “I am devastated by the news that a child has passed away as a result of a gate falling on him at one of the City’s facilities in Tafelsig.”

Walker says the hall was closed at the time of the accident as the City’s team was setting up for an arts and crafts programme.

“After becoming aware of the accident, one of the staff members from the hall called an ambulance. I have asked for a full investigation into whether anything could have been done to avoid this incident.”

The department will ensure that the gate, as well as any manually operated sliding gates which are not under direct supervision, will be locked in the closed or open position, which will prevent tampering, adds Walker.

“The investigation is still ongoing and no foul play is suspected,” says Voegt.

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