Washing line fatally shocks boy

2011-11-03 00:00

A NINE-year-old boy from Kwa­Pata in Edendale was electrocu­ted in a freak accident after he touched his neighbour’s washing line while taking his shirt off the line on Friday before school.

The family said that Thabiso Sithole had washed his shirt on Thursday night and left it on the line. When he went to get it in on Friday morning, the family heard a scream and found him lying on the ground.

The washing line was tied to an electrical wire that jutted out from the house wall. It is believed the wire was there for an outside light connection.

The boy’s mother, Nontobeko Sithole, said she doesn’t know what will take away the pain she feels after losing her first born son.

Weeping, she said they will always remember him for his cheerful smile. “He used to make tea for me when I came back from work,”she said.

She said her son would ask her whether boys are allowed to be make-up artists as he wanted to be the best in that field.

Grandmother Nonhlanhla Sithole said the incident came as a shock. “We would like everyone to make sure that they respect electricity because it’s dangerous. They must make sure that children are not exposed to it.”

Thabiso was a grade four pupil at Toy Box Primary.

Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident and said police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. An inquest docket has been opened.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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