Boy, 5, killed on funfair ride

2013-05-31 10:00
Lieutenant Jack Haskins comforts Mpumelelo Mbense after she heard that her son had died on a funfair ride at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

Lieutenant Jack Haskins comforts Mpumelelo Mbense after she heard that her son had died on a funfair ride at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A 5-year-old boy was accidentally killed on a funfair ride in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

Simphiwe Mbense was on a ride at the Royal Show at midday on Thursday when the incident took place, said Lieutenant Joey Jeevan.

"It is alleged that the child stood up while the ride was in operation and was unfortunately hit by another car on the ride," she said.

"The operator who witnessed the accident immediately stopped the ride and ER24 emergency services were contacted."

The boy received immediate treatment and resuscitation was performed, but he died.

Jeevan said an inquest docket had been opened, and police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

"The CEO of the Royal Show is immensely distressed by this freak accident and records his condolences to the family," said Jeevan.

"He assures the public that a thorough investigation into the matter will take place."


The Witness reported that his mother became hysterical when she arrived at the scene and was told of her son's death.

The boy’s father described him as a very lively child who loved to play.

Sibusiso Mbense said he rushed from work to the showgrounds when he heard of the accident.

He said from what he had heard, the accident was no one’s fault.

“I wasn’t there, I didn’t see anything. So, I can’t blame anyone,” he said.

The boy was the youngest of his two children.

Kwanoshezi Primary School principal Zabelo Basi cried when she talked about Simphiwe, saying he was the brightest in his class.

She said he had been the first to pay for the outing and was also first at school on Thursday morning.

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