Child pushed, plunges to death from flat

2011-03-22 22:55

Johannesburg - A 6-year-old boy fell to his death from the sixth floor of a flat in Berea on Tuesday afternoon, Johannesburg emergency services said.

"It is alleged that the boy and a friend were playing at the passage of the flat when his friend pushed him," said spokesperson Percy Morokane.

The boy fell through the window of Pristine Place. He suffered head trauma and broken bones and was declared dead at the scene.

"We would like appeal to parents, especially as school holidays are approaching, to know where their kids are," said Morokane.

"Parents and guardians should talk to their children about safety at home, on the road and in parks."

He said the boy's family would undergo counselling.

  • Carolyn - 2011-03-23 07:43

    Do parents really care where there kids are, Children should not be allowed to play in passage ways of Flats, and all windows at that height should be sealed, Unfortuanatly he wont be the last one to fall, I am very sorry for their loss.

      karin.g - 2011-03-23 08:54

      Yes Carolyn, don't let the children play in the passage ways of flats. I suppose there is enough playground for them at these flats. Why don't parents rather lock their kids up in the flat and let them watch tv the whole day. Oops no, we are suppose to get them to watch less tv. Ok, where do you suggest people who live in flats should lock their kids up?? In the cupboards? Take their childhood away - don't let kids play! I sounds very ridiculous, doesn't it Parents rather teach you kids the difference between right and wrong. Safety comes first and to look after each other when playing. Accidents do happen, but most can be avoided. I'm sorry for their loss, but it is not their fault because they let their kids play. Accidents happen!

      charley - 2011-03-23 13:17

      Not only is it dangerous but what about the noise to the other people. If I lived in a flat and kids were bothering me, I'd tell them to get lost. It's the parents who don't give a toss, not only about their kids, but also neighbours. Ultimately it's the parents's fault for not supervising their children.

  • Nthabi Mfetane - 2011-03-23 10:12

    I was passing the place on my way from work,it was a horrific scene dat no parent should go through,my condolences to the boy's famiy

  • SlapTjip - 2011-03-23 10:26

    I live in a security estate and little kids still in nappies plays in the street without adult supervision. The other day they had a plastic bag and pulled it over their heads thinking it's funny. I have seen some other things happening that gives me a chill. This is a new estate with construction still going on, large earth movers and lorries doing the rounds. Sad part is parents today are too lazy or too busy to supervise their little kids. I still try and think if it might not be ignorance or just plain stupidity. If you don't keep an eye on your kiddo's please DO expect the worst to happen to them.

      Virginia - 2011-03-23 10:39

      Good answer Slaptjip, parents are still children themselves, they have not even grown up yet, how are they supposed to know what is right or wrong. These parents should be reported to the same authorities that complain when you hit your children for being naughty.People who have to live in apartments, must make allowance for the childrens entertainment. Unfortunately with all the crimnal activity in the world, you cannot even allow your children to play in the park without supervision.My condolences to the parents I hope your have all the support you need.

  • tracykruger007 - 2011-03-23 12:32

    Shame :( It must be one of the worst things to deal with, losing a kid. My thoughts & prayers are with them.

  • virginiagreenwoodwarner - 2011-03-23 13:43

    This is terribly sad and I feel huge sympathy for the parents. It is very difficult to be with and entertain one's children all the time. Karin's remarks are just silly but I do know that in blocks of flats, not everyone else has to look out for the neighbors children or be irritated by the noise of these children. I suggest that people who choose to have children make time to take them out to a park or otherwise have some of their friends over to their own home.

  • Squeeze - 2011-03-23 13:48

    1st playing in a passage, then got pushed out of a open window, i'm sorry, i've never seen a window in a passage or a least one low enough for a 6 year old to reach. Something wrong here

  • Deirdre - 2011-11-07 12:25

    this happened in Berea, Johannesburg right where poverty is rampant, space is at a premium and children are often left to their own devices while the head of the family, tries to earn money... i do feel desperately sorry for the family as I do have kids of my own, but there is a part of me that thinks this kid is probably better off!

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