Girl, 3, escapes death on train track

2011-12-27 13:21

East London - A 3-year-old girl escaped death when a train went over her at Manqulo Village near Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said Amahle Sihulufunda was found lying injured but alive on a railway line on Monday.

Manatha said a train driver saw the child lying between the railway tracks but could not stop in time and drove over her.

However, she survived because she was small enough to fit under the train as it went over her.


"She had some slight injuries and was found with oil and grease on her. She was alive but looked sick as she had slept on the railway line the whole night."

She was then taken to Komga Hospital where she was treated and discharged, he said.

He said Amahle and five friends went from home to home asking for gifts on Christmas Day.

However, as the friends walked back home, she lagged behind.

She eventually landed up falling asleep between railway tracks in the area.

Her friends were not aware that she was not behind them. She was reported missing when she did not return home.

Manatha said the train travels between East London and Mthatha.

  • Johan - 2011-12-27 13:31

    The parents of this child should be prosecuted for serious child neglect

  • Shirley - 2011-12-27 13:32

    WTF???? Is every parent in the Eastern Cape brain dead? Im sorry but yes its a rural area etc but these stories just get worse and worse! How do you allow a 3 year old to be left in the care of other children in the first place?? Government should start sending social workers and inspectors to these areas and start teaching these people some responsibility!

      sadilligaf - 2011-12-27 20:07

      Shirley, it's a sad fact that due to Thabo and Mantsho's dithering on the AIDS issue, this country has the highest number of child headed households in the world. I have personally seen situations where a 12 year old is head of the household. Sad, but true :-(

      Penny - 2011-12-28 08:34

      In rural areas it is usual for children to form a crowd and run around together - I did it myself many moons ago. My parents accepted that should anything happen other adults in the surrounding area would be on hand to help. It is just unfortunate that she got left behind by the older children - my brother always kept his eye on me, even though he was only eighteen months older. Manqulo Village is not exactly a Jhb suburb and would be considered safe insofar as letting your child join in the fun of visiting neighbours for Christmas gifts. Learn about the culture before damning the parents.

      Kala - 2011-12-28 09:13

      @Penny - As kids we also ran around in groups having fun and it was an awesome time. Unfortunately the times have changed. To have little ones running around without adult supervision is just ludicrous in this day and age. Other than the fact that a child might get lost there are any number of scum out there who could abduct a young child and we read everyday what they can do to kids.

  • Janice - 2011-12-27 13:33

    OK, WHAT NEXT????? Absolutely brilliant parents once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shirley - 2011-12-27 13:45

      This will continue and nothing will be done! It sickens me to think that human life in this country =0

  • motshekgetsi - 2011-12-27 13:38

    God is real...

  • selvan.pillay2 - 2011-12-27 13:42

    This is a Christmas miracle.Praise the Lord.

  • Yvette Wiid - 2011-12-27 14:10

    The girl was reported missing when she did not return home... How many 3 year olds do you know who can find their way home alone if lost? People like that shouldn't be allowed to have children.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-27 14:21

    I would like to think what happened last night there was a normal thing not the incident though. it's like what American kids do during Halloween. i think the 3year old was left in the care of older kids. parents might be at fault by doing that but if it's an annual thing. . .

  • The-Azanian - 2011-12-27 14:22

    Wow...i don knw to say.

  • John - 2011-12-27 14:31

    Thank God, for small miracles

  • shelley.nott - 2011-12-27 14:54

    "asking for gifts on christmas day".. These kids went to beg. WTF? What parents let / teach / get their kids to beg? This world is full of sad sick people. Poor baby.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 07:12

      you're so misinformed.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-27 15:12

    Good grief, lucky little girl to be alive & ‘unscathed’ and hoping the train driver is fine too after such an unpleasant incident.

  • julie.khan3 - 2011-12-27 15:26

    Where the hell were the parents!!!! I am hurt ,angry and very upset!!!!! THe parents must be brought to book!!!!

  • Trots-Blank - 2011-12-27 15:29

    Parents were probably involved in some drunken orgy. No time to look after children.

  • Michelle Kirsten - 2011-12-28 02:14

    My 1st reaction: blame the parents! Then I thin about the other day quickly running to the store to buy milk and asking neighbour's kid to watch my almost 3-year old. Bad things happen to children even under the best care. By all means, investigate such matters, but do not assume and for goodness sake try to get past race... White history of SA is full of stories that would now be seen as child endangerment or neglect: ragel de beer comes to mind...

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 07:08

      michelle now do you see my point about how people here racialise things?

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 07:16

    just to educate those rif-rafs who are misinformed. On christmas black children do like those in the US during halloween and go from house to house asking for treats. It's part of showing off your christmas clothes and hair which is a major thing for kids because for once they're all dolled up like princes and princesses! We all grew up doing it and came out unscathed. This was just an unfortunate event. Before you judge educate yourself. This isn't begging.

      Mike - 2011-12-28 09:32

      @Pixie: No need to insult people for being misinformed, really. In the US there are truly very few parents who allow their children to be unsupervised on Halloween, an adult will usually accompany them.

      Mildly_Amused - 2011-12-28 10:46

      You'll find that a lot of American parents accompany their kids when they go trick-or-treating on Hallowe'en. It's just called RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY.

      Chantelle - 2011-12-28 12:10

      ok PIXIE - firstly, misinformed is out of the question here... no person in their right mind would let their 3 year old - who clearly could not find her way home - out their site to "show off their christmas clothes and hair"... really? we should educate ourselves because we feel strongly about a little girl who was almost killed? you are actually justifying this? if you had a 3 year old, would you let her out of your sight? seems like someone else needs the educating

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:12

      I stand by 'misinformed' because clearly you guys don't read comments on this thread. This was in response to a comment posted here claiming black parents were teaching their children to beg. Where does it say in the article that no one bothered to look for the child? You're all so quick to judge to parents? How many of you have lost kids in malls? No one is perfect and its ridiculous to expect parents to be perfect!!!

  • Charles - 2011-12-28 08:30

    There are people who have children but they realy don't understand why they have children and what role should be played by a parent. These parents if they are still alive, they really do not deserve to be parents infact they should be dead because there is no reason why they must be alive.

  • Chantelle - 2011-12-28 12:07

    thank you GOD for keeping her safe!!!!! i have a 3 year old... who is incapable of finding her way home if lost, and whom i would never let out with older kids.

  • IZAAN.STEENKAMP - 2011-12-28 13:42

    SAY WHAT !!!!!!!!! USELESS UTTER USELESS PARENTS stop making babies if you cont look after them as simple as that, asking for gifts oooooooo I will slap that kids parents so hard they will go gift hunting for next years Christmas stupid people. Thank God the little ones safe Thank You Lord

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