Child rescued from hot car

2012-01-09 11:03

Welkom - A 4-year-old girl has been rescued after being stuck for an hour in a car outside a Welkom shopping centre in sweltering heat, thanks to quick-thinking car guards and a paramedic.

The child was in a Volkswagen Polo in the parking area of the Goldfields Mall for over an hour before she was rescued by Netcare 911 paramedic Annali Snoer.

Snoer broke one of the car’s back windows with an oxygen cylinder to reach the child.

Car guards Morné Nagel and Abel Modemoeng heard the car alarm go off at about 14:30 and went to investigate.

They found the child in the car, which had no open windows.

Car 'felt like an oven'

They called the police and an ambulance.

A small window was broken at first, but without the car keys, the doors couldn’t be unlocked.

A wet ambulance sheet and water were passed to the child through the tiny window but her condition was deteriorating fast.

Snoer smashed the bigger window with the oxygen cylinder.

She said when she pushed her hand into the car through the small window to give the child water, it felt as if she was putting her hand in an oven.

The temperature outside was close to 40°C and in the car it was much hotter.

The centre’s security personnel searched for the owner of the car, calling over the intercom system in the shops as well as the adjacent casino three times.

Two young men, who had gone to buy shoes, casually sauntered up to the car at about 16:15 - almost two hours later.

They denied that they had driven the car and said the owner had run off.

Child neglect

Both were arrested on a charge of child neglect.

The child’s mother, Mananna Makole, 23, was called.

When she arrived, she said the two men had let the child ride in the car with them without her permission. The child was stabilised in the ambulance and was out of danger.

Two Welkom gambling addicts who left their 5-month-old baby in a car in front of the same casino on November 15 2008, were reported to the gambling board after the incident and were banned from gambling in any South African casino ever again.

They were also each sentenced to R5 000 or five years in prison, which was conditionally suspended for five years.

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  • Jerolan - 2012-01-09 11:08

    When will the idiots learn Lucky the child was rescued in time.

  • Ben S - 2012-01-09 11:09

    Cruel people like these should not be allowed to come near to a child who cannot fend for themselves.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-09 11:18

      "..people like these.." run our country unfortunately.

      zeekoevlei - 2012-01-09 11:27

      @sharkshoot, what has this incident got to do with the people that run our country. Stupid, irresponsible people do stupid stuff... this is not about race, this is not about politics, this is not about the ANC or anything other than just blatant irresponsibility.... have you not grown tired of blaming every possible wrongdoing on "people like these"?

      Mvikeli - 2012-01-09 17:12

      @Sharkshoot I don't think I understand what you're saying. Who runs the country and when did they leave their child locked in a car? And you are saying this has been reported on News24 in the past 3 months how many times exactly? And who is Comrade Wannabe?

      Lauren - 2012-01-09 21:36

      Sharkshoot, really? Where are you from? I'm interested to know where the breeding ground is for your species. It's quite amazing to find that there are still people like you out there. ARe you the product of a cruel experiment? Sorry, I'm being mean now, but you AMAZE me. Not in a good way, mind.

  • Silver - 2012-01-09 11:09


  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-09 11:15

    Stupid woman. Some people should not be allowed to breed. What bothers me in all these cases is that it seems like it's always women leaving kids in the car. Aren't they supposed to be the "better parents"?

      zeekoevlei - 2012-01-09 11:30

      read the story.... "Two young men, who had gone to buy shoes, casually sauntered up to the car at about 16:15 - almost two hours later"... the mother was not there, "two men had let the child ride in the car with them without her (the mother) permission".

      Wall - 2012-01-09 11:32

      I agree in general, but this time it wasn't the mother's fault, she says the men took the child with them without her permission. Sounds quite fishy to me. :/ (Though yes, most other cases it's the mother - shocking every time.)

      zeekoevlei - 2012-01-09 11:45

      @wall, yes, I agree, more often it is a woman that leaves their child in the car, however this is not always the case.... ... would you not agree that it is more often women that are the primary care-givers to children and that this "may" explain the phenomenon.

      Mvikeli - 2012-01-09 17:16

      This story needs a bit more detail. It says the mother did not give them permission to let the child "ride in the car" with them. So she might have known that the child was with them but did not necessarily know that they put her in a locked car in the heat. Personally I think she knew exactly what was going on. The child should have been asked as soon as she had recovered to get the true story.

      Gail - 2012-01-09 22:00

      I think one needs to take into account here that the child may have climbed into the car and fallen asleep there without the mother being aware whenn these two guys took her car without her permission and oblivious to the sleeping child. Maybe they didn't know she was there when they walked away. The story is a mere skeleton report of what could have been a tragic event were it not for the car guards and emergency teams. If the mother is so young as well she has little experience of life. Whether she was a Mavis is totally irrelevant. Anyone can make a mistake = remember the incident in Cape Town when the child burnt to death? That mother wasn't a Mavis and she made a mistake which she will never be able to forget. If only and naming blaming and shaming do not stop accidents.

  • Steve - 2012-01-09 11:17

    WTF? Some people should really be sterilized to avoid unwanted kids...

  • Shirley - 2012-01-09 11:23

    My my the punshment DOESNT fit the crime! That is torture and attempted murder! Damn man lock these unfit so called parents away and place the child with someone who WILL care for her/him!!! This is just sick!!!!

      Linda - 2012-01-09 13:09

      Come on Garth. Obviously the woman would distance herself from culpability. This CHILD is 4 years old. What mother does nothing when her child gets into a car with two imbiciles? She is as guilty of criminal negligence as the two young men.

      melissalarajones - 2012-01-09 14:14

      Uh, Garth, stop posting the same comment over and over again, lest you prove your own point?????

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-09 11:26

    another child..???? is it that hard to understand that everything has consequences ??? you leave something in the sun, it gets hot....duh

  • madsipho - 2012-01-09 11:32

    Give that Car-guard a Bells!

  • Dean - 2012-01-09 11:35

    casually walked up to the car??? They should casually get a F^%&king smack in the face...and "casually" serve a life sentence for endangering the life of a child. F#$%king idiots!

      Garth - 2012-01-09 12:03

      Agreed - and then to top it all off, they blamed someone else. No one is accountable for their own actions any more. W4nkers.

      alexandra.nett - 2012-01-09 13:02

      The mother should also get a klap.....she blames them for taking the child without her permission....yet she never ever tried to find the child and neither did she report the "kidnapping" to the A DOUBLE KLAP TO THE MOTHER.....that is AFTER they sterilize her!

  • Fran - 2012-01-09 11:40

    This kind of behavier should be punishable by imprisonment only. How dare people behave like this over and over again. We read stories like this almost every two weeks but people are still ignorent? If you don't have money to buy your child something at the shops why don't you leave them at hom when you go shopping? Some people have no idea why they have given birth really.

      Garth - 2012-01-09 12:00

      READ THE STORY. `When she arrived, she said the two men had let the child ride in the car with them without her permission.' People who read stories, comments and other peoples' posts with their otherwise vacuous heads filled with their own infinitely banal thoughts should not be allowed to comment publicly.

      Wall - 2012-01-09 12:41

      People who copy and paste the same response over and over, just in order to insult people, should not be allowed to comment publicly...

      Garth - 2012-01-09 12:55

      Got to you did I? Heh Heh.

  • Mart - 2012-01-09 11:40

    I am positive that we in the R S of...king A have more eejits than anywhere else in this freakish world. And these eejits always seem to have an excuse for their 'cups'. I don't even pity them anymore.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-01-09 11:42

    Everyone pleading ignorant as usual... sulke mense sit die DOM in mensDOM

  • Matt - 2012-01-09 11:49

    Give those car guards a Bells ! ! ! ! Well done gents !

      Grace - 2012-01-09 11:56

      Car guards only noticed after the alarm went off, by the way, Matt !

      Matt - 2012-01-09 12:55

      @ Grace; At least they responded to the alarm. . . this probably means the child was asleep for a while, woke up, activated the alarm, and the guards responded ! ! They had the gumption to contact the medics and the law . . .I take my hat off ! ! !

  • Grace - 2012-01-09 11:49 called 'car guards' should patrol more frequently, why did they only see this after the car alarm went off ? Makes you think, doesn't it ? I would have liked to take a sledgehammer to the entire vehicle after the child was safe !

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-09 12:10

      Maybe the child was sleeping and just woke up. When lying down they will not see a child and there job is to see no-one is braking in and not what is in the car.

      Samantha - 2012-01-09 13:10

      Grace, it is not actually a car guard's responsibility to check for random kids in cars. Their quick thinking and helpfulness is to be commended.

      Mvikeli - 2012-01-09 17:20

      To be fair, a car guard's job is to make sure that cars do not get stolen or broken into. They responded to an alarm which is a good thing, and even better for the child trapped in that car.

  • Tracey-Lee - 2012-01-09 11:51

    What mother dont know the where abouts of her four year old child , as she claims she did not give them permission to take the child with them ,I blame her

      Shirley - 2012-01-09 12:36

      Thank you! Garth keeps going on about READING the story-what mother doesnt notice her child has gone for that length of time? Knew or not she is still a shoddy parent!

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-09 13:44

      The mother doesn't claim not to have known the child was gone. The mother stated that the men had taken the child in their car without her permission. There are so many factors no-one seems to have considered, a third party looking after the child, asking the men to watch her for a while, the mother probably knows these men and expected them to return at any time, and was waiting for just that to happen, they could be related to her, one may be the childs father.... oh why bother!!! Thank goodness you lot don't have a kangaroo court there would be a lot of people stoned to death without any thinking being doen.

      Lauren - 2012-01-09 21:45

      Yeah, Karen, I agree with you. Half the story and the quote gets reported most of the time. Happy the little girl is ok. Shame, man.

  • Mimi Ngqulana - 2012-01-09 11:57


  • William - 2012-01-09 12:01

    Okay - so what kind of a mother leaves her child in the hands of incapable idiots who would leave her child in a car to die? Like she has no responsibility - Jy los nie jou kind in die hande van mense wat onbekwaamd is nie!!!! Bliksem! Dis sommer siek man! SIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neil - 2012-01-09 12:10

    I like how so many people simply believe what the mother has said. At the end of the day, even if she wasn't lying, why was her child left with these "2 irresponsible men" in the first place. Couldn't be bothered most likely, or she is just a filthy liar and not wanting to take responsibility. Prosecute them all I say.

  • vlarismam - 2012-01-09 12:11

    This is the 3rd incident of this nature I've read over the past 30 days - what's wrong with these people!

  • natalie.delange - 2012-01-09 12:13

    How did the mother, after a couple of hours, not realize her child is missing? crap man the mother and the other 2 should be prosecuted

  • Herman - 2012-01-09 12:18

    Some people just should not be allowed to breed

  • Gareth - 2012-01-09 12:24

    This is sick....exactly how lives are damaged and changed stupidity !!

  • Kerry - 2012-01-09 12:25

    Sorry..........hello what the freak has voting got to do with a child left in a car......why waste the time of commenting, really

  • Gareth - 2012-01-09 12:25

    This is sick, exaclty how lives are damaged and changed forever, by stupidity.....

  • Olive - 2012-01-09 12:29

    Shocking for that poor little girl BUT: Who were these two men - and why did they have this child in their car in the first place??? - please give facts News24.

      Samantha - 2012-01-09 13:11

      Agreed. I get so frustrated reading articles on News24 sometimes - it seems there's either not enough info, or the incorrect info. :(

  • smahlaba - 2012-01-09 12:31


  • smahlaba - 2012-01-09 12:33

    Thank God for the Car Guards.

      alexandra.nett - 2012-01-09 13:05

      REALLY! I dont think so.....they only reacted AFTER the alarm went off....if they had been ALERT and PATROLLING they would have noticed this earlier.

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-09 13:47

      @alexandra.nett, i certainly wouldn't be comfortable having a car guard going around the parking lot peering into the car windows, can you just imagine the reaction he would get... he would probably be accused of trying to see what he could steal...

      Lauren - 2012-01-09 21:49

      Alexandra, let it go. That's not their brief. You would probably be the first person to kick up a stink if you found a car guard peering into your car window. Come now, just apply a bit of thought, unclench and give a bit of due where it's warranted. The alarm sounded and they were there.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-09 12:34

    @Garth: I READ the story and the mother said she didnt give them permission to take her-SO why had she not noticed the child was missing??? Or does that still make her parent of the year???

      Mvikeli - 2012-01-09 17:26

      The mother did not give them permission to let her ride in a car with them. That's different from not giving them permission to take the child.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-09 12:38

    In SA we need licences for just about everything we do, save for that one job that is the most important of them all - being a parent.

  • Karabo - 2012-01-09 12:42

    I am sad.... God, when we want these kids we hope and trust and pay all possible doctors and do all possible counts for when we can conceive! But when we have them - they seem to be in our way!

  • Francois - 2012-01-09 12:48

    Leon, looks like supporting the Bulls has made you EQUALLY dumb. What kind of a mother doesn't know what kind of people are driving her kids around???????????????????? Oh I know, I can see in the photograph.... When its convenient, the root of all problems in this country are apartheid, no matter how current government stuffs up. Here the root is the mother. Its an analogy by the way, I dont expect you to understand it. Look it up!

  • Michelle - 2012-01-09 12:52

    i swear people are really dumb!! Well done anneli for getting that poor little thing out!

  • alexandra.nett - 2012-01-09 12:54

    What kind of mother is this? These men took her child without her permission....this makes it even worse....why did she not look for her little one or report it to the police.....WOMEN LIKE THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED THE PRIVELAGE OF HAVING A CHILD.....STERILIZE HER!

  • Lynda - 2012-01-09 12:56

    Why must people still use every event to turn to racism? The young mother was negligent, the two dudes are complete idiots and unfortunately the poor little girl will have to continue living with them all for the rest of her childhood.....sickening story

  • Vida - 2012-01-09 12:59

    It never ceases to amaze me how comments made on this forum seem to always turn into a racial debate!! Good heavens people, crawl out of your caves and get with the times! RACE is immaterial in this story. The fact of the matter is, some irresponsible people were left in charge of a toddler and this should not happen. The two culprets as well as the mother should owe up for this incident.

      Lanfear - 2012-01-09 15:11

      Fully agreed Vida!

  • carpejugulim - 2012-01-09 13:10

    ok ..... so who had the car keys? Ownership is fairly easy to check on, especially if a case has been opened. I am sure that there is a nice technical term for taking a child without the parent's permission too ...

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-09 13:49

      The voice of reason....

  • Nicardo - 2012-01-09 13:18

    Simply question to be asked: Who had the car keys when the police arrived and who owns the car? If someone takes your child without permission, isn't it logical to report the incident to the police? The mother is guilty as charged, period!

  • carpejugulim - 2012-01-09 13:18

    ok ..... who was in posession of the car keys? Very easy to say that the 'the owner had run off.' Good that charges of child neglect have been laid but there is also a nice technical term for taking a child without a parent's permission. Big Noddy Badges to the Car Guards and the Paramedic *high 5*

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-09 13:20

    What were they thinking?! My God!

  • chubbycheeks - 2012-01-09 13:24

    I know at ALL times where my kids are and with whom... (not that they go anywhere without me but just saying) The mother is partly to blame... if not the mother did she leave the child with 2 young men to look after and they wanted to go for a joyride? A nee A!! I don't care who is to blame i only worry about the little girl!!

  • Isabel - 2012-01-09 13:25

    Far more people than these idiots abuse their children every day by not strapping them into seatbelts. If every one of those cretins were arrested the jails would be full.

  • William - 2012-01-09 13:28

    Whatever... why is this child riding around with two men without her mother's permission? Why does this mother not know where her child is or who she's riding around with? Something wrong here...

  • Tammy - 2012-01-09 13:32

    makes me sick!!!wht do people do that? this is not the first case of this type of story. The other was a 1 woman had 4 kids in the car, took the eldest 2 with her into the shop and left a 2yr old and a 6mnth old in the sweltering heat!!! And she bitched about a broken window???

  • abie.martin - 2012-01-09 13:38

    This is so typical of thoughtless people! Its the same kind of person that will park in the disabled or "Mother's with Babies" bays and on pedestrian walkways without thinking. They must also be charged for lying in the face of the Security Staff! And for @Paul, Have yourself checked out, you are losing it!

  • Ndabenhle - 2012-01-09 13:41

    ppl just don't read....smh

  • tchica3 - 2012-01-09 13:44

    Put them in jail!!!!!!!! Or put them in a car for 4 hours at 40 deg and let them see how it feels. Bett yet screw them! put them in jail!!!!!!

  • snhmch - 2012-01-09 13:45

    I feel both the mother and the 2 young guys are responsible from the 4 year old being in that car. 1) the mother should have not aloud her child out of her site and 2) the men should not have taken the child with then without the mothers knowing and left the 4 year old child in the car in the heat we are having at all. I'm a mother of a 2 and a half year old and don't let him wonder around at all without me looking after him and his safety. So please parents don't let stuff like this happen to ur child or children if you really care for them at all.

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-09 13:53

      In South Africa there are many mothers who don't have the luxury of private day care, they have to make do.... you should not judge other mothers by your own standards as that is unrealistic in their world. These very same mothers have to knowingly put their children into taxi's with maniac drivers (something I would never allow) and the child doesn't even have a seat belt. (I would die a hundred deaths) There but for the grace of God go I!

      Lauren - 2012-01-09 22:06

      Karen, you have a very valid point. The thumbs down would indicate that people don't really care to think what it would be like to live outside of their own comfort zones. They prefer to perceive this world within their own perfectly convenient terms.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-01-09 14:02

    Okay, let's think about this logically. If the child was taken by the two men in the car, without the mothers permission, wouldn't they also be charged with kidnapping and attempted murder? The mother HAD to have known but in the face of arrest, changed her story to suit herself. They should question the child and get the truth.

      Lauren - 2012-01-09 22:08

      Leigh, you do not know what her circumstances are. Sometimes people have to leave their children with a neighbour or a nephew, as examples. Yeah, I know, YOU would never leave your child in the care of just anybody, but not everybody has the same luxury as you do. I am not saying that she is innocent in all of this, but I am suggesting that you think before you hasten to judgment.

  • sadiemy - 2012-01-09 14:02

    Who the hell lets her child out of her sight for over three hours without knowing where she is?

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-09 14:10

    The mother is as much to blame as the two "men" that left the child in the car.Why did she not report her child as missing after not being to find her for a few hours? I say she is telling lies to protect the guys (probably family of her). OR it is VERY possible that she was the driver of the car and took a hike when they started calling for her over the intercom system. This cases better be thouroughly investigated. And seeing as they took the child without the mother's permission, they should be charged with kidnapping, and the child very well checked out by a doctor for any signs of molestation.

      Lanfear - 2012-01-09 15:09

      How is her lying protecting the two guys? At all? If she is lying, she is protecting herself not the two guys. Otherwise I agree with you.