Toddler recovering after fall from broken railway bridge

2017-02-07 17:02
The parents of 3-year-old Alime Mosekamidi: Pulane Mosekamidi and Funeko Mente. (Photo: Thembela Ntongana/GroundUp)

The parents of 3-year-old Alime Mosekamidi: Pulane Mosekamidi and Funeko Mente. (Photo: Thembela Ntongana/GroundUp)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – In October 2016, 3-year-old Alime Mosekamidi fell about 5m from a railway bridge, while he was playing with friends.

The footbridge, which crosses the railway lines at Kuyasa and Chris Hani stations, has had a section of railing missing for months. When GroundUp visited the site a week ago, the railing was still broken.

Alime lives in an informal settlement in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. His mother, Pulane Mosekamidi, was doing laundry when the child fell, GroundUp reported.

"They [the kids] were playing like always, and then I saw a man coming towards me carrying him [Alime]. I was told that he fell from the bridge. We saw that it was serious and we didn’t want to wait for the ambulance, so we rushed to take a taxi and took him to the hospital in Khayelitsha," said Mosekamidi.

Alime was taken to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, where he was in intensive care for a week.

"The whole week he was not speaking and he was not able to do anything. He was just lying in bed," said Mosekamidi.

'No record of the incident'

Alime was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital and then to St Joseph’s Home, where he is currently recovering and having physiotherapy.

Mosekamidi and her partner, Funeko Mente, are both unemployed. They survive on child grants and piece work. Neighbours help to cover her daily hospital visits.

"My son can never go back to normal. He will never be the same again. We don’t know if he will be able to do anything for himself again," said Mente.

He said they were so worried about whether or not their child would survive, that they hadn’t reported the matter to Metrorail. Now that his condition is stable, they are considering what steps to take next.

Community leader Kuthula Mamba said if Prasa had inspected the bridge, "they would have seen that there was a part [of rail] missing there, and that child wouldn’t be injured".

Metrorail Acting Marketing and Communication Manager Daphne Kayster told GroundUp that the matter had not been reported.

"There is no record of the incident, which is regrettable. We stress the importance of reporting all incidents. We encourage anyone with information regarding the incident to urgently contact our office," said Kayster.

Read more on:    metrorail  |  prasa  |  cape town  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.