Girl, 7, dies trying to save brother

2012-05-07 22:34

Port Elizabeth - A 7-year-old girl died when she was hit by a taxi in Alexandra, in the Eastern Cape, police said on Monday.

Candice Coeries was walking with her younger brother, when he broke away from her and ran into the road on Saturday, said Captain Mali Govender.

"While trying to pluck him away from oncoming traffic, she was knocked down by a taxi."

Coeries, a Grade 2 pupil at Alexandra Primary School, died on the scene. Her brother was uninjured.

  • Farmworker - 2012-05-07 22:49

    Hard luck young warrior.

      Janice - 2012-05-08 07:35

      Hard luck, yes, but why on earth is a small child left to be looked after by a seven year old child??? Lock the bloody parents up!!!!!

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-08 08:09

      Not a parent in sight. I feel for these black kids. They have to fend for themselves at such a young age as their moms and dads just don't give a hoot for their wellbeing. No wonder our country is so dysfunctional.

      John - 2012-05-08 09:02

      @janice and surf city, i agree a seven year old is way to young to be looking after her younger brother out on the street but there might be other circumstances here, maybe a single parent out at work to feed them instead of letting them starve,maybe no parents and grand ma looking after kids and is to old to go down to the shop, the little girl new the dangers of the road otherwise she would not have tried to save the youngster,maybe the taxi was speeding in a built up area where 40kph is to fast, RIP candice

      omgudu - 2012-05-08 10:40

      Surf city there is nothing that states that the child is black and if you read the article carefully you could have noticed that there is no way that the kids could be blac. Now that I have clarified that it is important to note that recklessness and crime has no colour it could happen with any race. At the same time the child was hit by a taxi and we all know how taxi drivers drive. It's such a shame that these days you cant trust even your brother with your kids as there are a lot of family related rapes. Procold thumbs up that is a wise statement.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-07 22:55

    Shame, reminds me of the story of Racheltjie de Beer. RIP little girl, you made the biggest sacrifice of all...

      Gavin - 2012-05-08 00:51

      Terrible being found out isn't it Afrikaaner? Stupid is as stupid does.

      godesha - 2012-05-08 05:46

      Shame on you Afrikaaner (correctly spelt Afrikaner).

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:00

      @Paul "your" this word is used talking about something that belongs to you, i.e. YOUR comment, YOUR car, YOUR bad grammar. "you're" is a shortened version of "you are" See? YOUR grammar/spelling needs to be improved, otherwise YOU'RE going to continue looking stupid every time you post something on a forum.

      J-Man - 2012-05-08 09:34

      @ Michael the grammar Nazi - just look at the response to your comment... wow, you know the difference between two words...and probably never made a spelling error in your life. Good for you. Grow up.

  • Raj - 2012-05-07 22:59

    Wow!!! A 7 year old Candice Coeries has shown this entire country what true love means. She had given up her own life to save that of her younger brother. I say that this was love of the highest degree. May your soul rest in peace forever brave little girl, a hero, a mentor for everyone to learn from. Hope the little boy recovers from his injuries soon. Condolences to the families and friends of Candice Coeries. I am sure u will always be remembered as a hero. May the LORD grant strength and peace to the loved ones left behind during this trying time.

      Dakey - 2012-05-08 00:24

      I have a seven year old who is very much the protective type like Candice. It is heartbreaking when these things happen, but a testiment to all of us how to live our lives. To the Coeries family if you're reading, you can be very proud of your daughter. She seems a wonderfull daughter and a sister to be proud of. I can't begin to share your pain or to know what you're going through, but please know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

      Peter - 2012-05-08 08:19

      Read properly. The little boy was uninjured.

      Raj - 2012-05-08 23:02

      Thank you Peter, my apologies no physical injuries(uninjured) were reported, however the trauma of witnessing his sister being run over is going to be devastating.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-07 23:00

    Absolutely heartbreaking... Literally shed a tear. Rest in peace, little one.

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:01

      ok ok ok, could the two thumbs-down dickheads please stand up and identify yourselves.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-08 09:21

      Its 4 now. Trolls alert.

  • Simone Bobby Crouch - 2012-05-07 23:05

    RIP a true angel was lost here may your family find peace what an unbelievably heart breaking story

  • Raj - 2012-05-07 23:06

    How can a parent or guardian be so negligent in leaving a two kids seven Year old Candice Coeries and her younger brother onto the public road without adult supervision?

      giovanni.izar - 2012-05-08 07:40

      Not a nice thing for you to say RAJ. No parent lets that kind of thing just happen you sick dik. With an attitude like yours you should expect tragedy to head your way and may you look like the dik then. Jeez some people just pis me off.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-08 07:57

      Giovanni, That's nonsense what you say !! Raj's comment is spot on. Sure, it is often diffiult, when both parents are working, but than make other arrangements, other parents, neighbours, aunts, uncles etc !!!!!

      pberchu - 2012-05-08 08:33

      I am surprised you had to ask! Look at the area of the speaks volumes. Most parents have to work long hours and weekends to feed these very children and dont have the luxury of a granny or a nanny. While the select few go for coffee, movies & shopping with our families on a weekend. The majority have to leave their babies, children & ill family memebers in the care of children. Those people that serve you at the KFC, Edgars or Woolies had to sacrifice something...their family time to provide their family with a shelter and something to eat.

      giovanni.izar - 2012-05-08 09:04

      I sort of take back what I said as I see he gave Condolences above. But still. Rather just shut up.

      Kala - 2012-05-08 09:50

      Welcome to South Africa where a large majority of poor children have lost their parents to disease. Where some heads of the household are as young as 7 years old. Those two kids might have been all that was left of that family. I take my hat off to each and everyone of those orphaned kids and everyday thank my lucky stars for the things I have.

      helizna - 2012-05-08 10:25

      @giovanni Sies man why do you attack Raj for his perfectly logical comment? This little girl's parents let her walk on the public road by herself and with her even younger brother. What did they think was going to happen?

      Raj - 2012-05-08 22:32

      @giovanni.izar? I don't think you have given it much thought, unlike some people I love my kids very dearly, and ensure their safety as far as possible. When I am not around to do so I have someone else responsible enough to do so. I don't just leave my kids without adult supervision. We are living amongst some sick people in our society that prey on young kids for muti and cure for aids (as some believe) My comment was my views, I am not asking you to agree with it, you do what is best for your family. I wanted to just create some awareness to the negligent parents who don't love their kids enough to care about their whereabouts. I think you fit in that category. It was out of the pleasures that I enjoyed that my kids are on earth, so its my responsibility to ensure that they are safe and provided for. Kids never asked to be born and brought unto earth. Yes it was by the will of GOD, but think of those who so desperately want to have kids but are not blessed with one. I'm not the type that just make kids and wait for a hand out from government each month. Regret always comes too late. I hope what I had to say here has given you food for thought, if not have a blessed life.

      Raj - 2012-05-08 22:45

      @giovanni.izar? if u say no parent lets that kind of thing just happen, then can you tell me why didn't the parent or guardian save the child? Why did the 7 year old give her life to save the life of her younger brother? I wonder who is the sick dik here, or who thinks like a sick dik here! I think you just figured out new something out yourself. Give yourself giovanni.izar? a bells.

      Raj - 2012-05-08 22:50

      Thank You helizna?2, unfortunately not all people are blessed to think beyond their noses.

      giovanni.izar - 2012-05-09 16:37

      whatever blows you peoples hair back,so be it. I would not spit out some crap that is going to hurt more than the pain that is already there.

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-05-07 23:06

    She is a hero.

      Michael - 2012-05-08 07:01

      same two thumbs-down dickheads?

      Amanda - 2012-05-08 11:22

      jes she is .shame i wish i was there to help them over the a pitty. rip little one.

  • marius.minnie.5 - 2012-05-07 23:13

    RIP Little hero!

  • marius.minnie.5 - 2012-05-07 23:14

    RIP little Hero!

  • Marni - 2012-05-07 23:19

    this is so tragic, this girl was very brave, good luck to her family, she left her mark in the world and will be remembered for her goodness at such a young age

      Michael - 2012-05-08 01:22

      Is that really necessary Gareth? Are you such a heartless chump in real life, or is the internet a place where you can get the frustration of being a half breed off your chest?

  • Billy - 2012-05-07 23:24

    a modern day, Racheltjie de Beer. shes a hero and deserves recognition.

      Billy - 2012-05-07 23:45

      nou wat is jou punt, of gaan dit n raai speletjie wees. toe, kom sĂȘ maar? van wie praat jy? andries pretorius? paul kruger? piet retief? britse konsentrasie kampe? ons praat hier oor die meisie wat oorlede is, hou op n drol wees.

      Dakey - 2012-05-08 00:30

      @Billy He's trying very hard to justify a recent outburst by a FHM model. He's doing a great job so far.

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  • billidp - 2012-05-08 00:04

    R.I.P. Little One

  • mmahlatji - 2012-05-08 00:52

    Negligent parenting,letting a 7 year old roam around wer ther are taxis

      Kala - 2012-05-08 10:29

      Maybe her parents are dead. There aare many households in SA where the head is just a child.

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  • - 2012-05-08 01:13

    Shame!Sad!But Heaven has just been populated with one more!One consolation.She's in a better place. I'll meet you there one day little heroine.

  • Noluntu - 2012-05-08 03:13

    Its funny how News24 sometimes removes my comments which make much more sense, and keep Afrikaners ones which are just trash!! RIP angel :'(

      Warren Nel - 2012-05-08 04:56

      Our gardener speaks afrikaans, and his comments aren't deleted! must be the tone of your message.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-08 06:16

      remove your comments? I wonder why? This should have been one of those senseless ones to be removed! Maybe they shold give you 'read only' status! ke ke ke ke !

      Deana - 2012-05-08 06:36

      Noluntu- HOW can you bring race into this sad article?? Get over yourself! How can the tragic death of a little girl mean so little to you that you have to play the race card? You and me both are Afrikaners or Africans if you prefer- we were born in Africa!

      gavin.dandridge - 2012-05-08 07:11

      Probably because they just as pointless as this one.

      mmahlatji - 2012-05-08 09:42

      Stop bein morons ppl,\afrikaner\ the person who posts under that name,nt ppl

      Dakey - 2012-05-08 09:48

      Just to clarify what Noluntu is saying. 1. Afrikaaner is a troll. Look at his profile, his six facebook friends all happen to be 'non-white'. Why a troll? He pretends to be 'Afrikaans' only to make deliberate insensitive statements to vilify 'Afrikaners'. 2. I think News24 should remove 'Afrikaaner' him permanently, his objective is clear. It's similar to me creating a facebook account called 'Sipho Ndundla' and inciting hatred towards blacks.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-08 03:30

    R.I.P. Little one and condolences to the family. Taxi drivers please be more carefull on the roads. Are u guyz not tired of being labelled as the worst drivers on our road oris it just the way it should? I dont think so.......please, you are also fathers. What would you do if it were your own seed?

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-05-08 05:07

    Good Lord!!! Why is there so much pain in this apocalyptic world we live in...

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-05-08 05:07

    Good Lord!!! Why is there so much pain in this apocalyptic world we live in...

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      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-08 09:07

      U have thumbs down, and you didn't say a word??? madness HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • godesha - 2012-05-08 05:53

    What a tragic story. RIP brave little girl, you will be remembered for the sacrifice you made and I am sure there is a special place in heaven for you.

  • Duzi - 2012-05-08 06:17

    @Afrikaaner.. I really hope you don't mean the things you say here.. Karma is a bitch.. Remember that. RIP Candice! Now, News24. Do us a favour, go find out if that taxi has fully functional road worthy brakes..

  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-08 06:20

    another tragic and sad loss! Dont get all 'thumbs down' on me for wondering where the heck was the parents?

      Romeo Sithole - 2012-05-08 06:44

      Parents where were they. its heart breaking and bravery of a girl. she is indeed a heroin.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-08 07:20

      It is a tragic story rudiwaan. I am a father of three beautiful boys. Its impossible to keep track of them all the time. I would have to give up my job and so for my partner. Just to watch them. Its a sad world we live in. I really don't think you can blame the parents. I'm sorry for there loss. Things happen in life.

      Joelene - 2012-05-08 09:09

      I'm sorry Jaysonpaul but I'm with Rudiwaan here. Although it is impossible to keep track of your children at all times, are you telling me these little kids just happened to be walking unatended early enough to be hit by a taxi? It is tragic but shouldn't we as parents be teaching our children from the time that they learn to walk that they should NEVER go out on the roads unattended? Way too many innocent children dying because nobody is teaching them that the roads are dangerous. All she was trying to do was protect her baby brother and that is so sad that she lost her life because niether of them were being supervised. I have a seven year old and a six year old. Nothing will convince me that it is ever ok for them to be out on the roads at any time without myself or a responsible adult to supervise them. That's just how I feel. My child is too precious to me to loose his life that way.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-08 09:38

      romeo and paul, i too am a father of two kids. My 19yr old is at university and my 11yrs old in grade 6. I know where they are 99% of the time and never in their lives were they left on their own let alone crossing busy roads! I would be the 1st admit that circumstances would differ for others, but heck two small kids on a busy road is a recipe for disaster! I dont wanna shift from the tragic loss of life which is really the point. As a parent who served on my kids schools SGB for 12 yrs caring for other kids ensuring they get home safely when they missed their transport etc,, my heart bleeds for the sad,sad loss. But these kids have a constitutional right to a save environment and to be cared for by their parents. Hence my question.

  • Deana - 2012-05-08 06:21

    What a sad story! The little girl will forever be remembered for her heroic self sacrifice! May she rest in peace and her parents find comfort in the fact that she is indeed in a better place!

  • fiona.pagwiwa - 2012-05-08 06:39

    rest in peace little angel

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 06:58

    It is in cases like these that there should be a state funeral. When flags should be half-masted. Not when old government officials die after a lifetime of opulent living off the taxes of the country. Rest in peace, little heroine. One day your brother will understand and appreciate your sacrifice.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-08 07:15

    Very said indeed,taxi drivers think that they rule the world. Condolences to the family. Kids accidents happens when least expected.If you have kids you know it.

  • lefnkompela - 2012-05-08 07:29

    Some people who comment here are honestly brainless. To the little Candice baby girl you honestly died a hero, your time on earth was very short but you made a huge difference not only in the life of your family but in your little brothers as well. Farewell little brave heart

      lefnkompela - 2012-05-08 07:34

      *correction* not only in the life of your family but in mine too...

  • Daniel - 2012-05-08 07:40

    RIP, so sad that a innocent girl should die!

  • Frank - 2012-05-08 07:52

    Where the Fu*k were her parens when all this happen? They should be charged!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-08 08:38

      @frank. I hear your anger. But as a parent. You can't always be there for them. As much as we want to,, please don't judge the parents on what happened on this very sad event. Things happen for a reason. And I think finger pointing the parents is out of proportion.

      Christine - 2012-05-08 10:52

      I agree with you 100% and people that cant afford to look after there children should stop having children! The parents are 100% to blame here!

  • mxolisi.shabangu - 2012-05-08 08:02

    Thats so sad, may her little soul rest in peace

  • Carla - 2012-05-08 08:15

    RIP little one.

  • Cassius - 2012-05-08 08:27

    Few of us could have done this sacrifice,RIP little heroin.

  • Nicolas van der Nest - 2012-05-08 08:34

    Hero on Earth and now she is a Guardian Angel for sure.

  • Butty David Moswetsi - 2012-05-08 08:38

    may her soul rest in peace....!

  • Noluntu - 2012-05-08 08:43

    Gavin, warren, deana and to all the others I was not talking about race!!! F u had read the first comments you would have seen that the is a person named AFFIKANER who was making crazy comments!! Not everything is about race you know,

  • Joelene - 2012-05-08 08:46

    Where were the parents of these children? No excuse whatever can justify this. You do not let a seven year old take ok the responsibility of a sibling. So, incredibly wrong that I have no way to comprehend this!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-08 09:10

      Candice is raised by a single parent, mom. the mom is mentally disturbed and Candice have to take care of other things in the house. Its sad.

      Joelene - 2012-05-08 09:25

      Ai Siya... reading your comment about her tragic life just makes me more heartsore... A seven year old should not have to run a household.. It is just so tragic.. My 7 year old can't even take responsibility to keep his room tidy let alone be responsible for what little Candice had to be responsible. This poor, precious little girl... heartbreaking.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-08 09:41

      Ok Joelene, I'm sorry, what I said is not true. I wrote it to show you that sometimes we do not need to judge before knowing the circustances. I read the part from your comment that says "No excuse whatever can justify this". We have cases where children take care of household because the parents cannot, it is therefore important to be mindful of possible circustmaces before judging others. My apologies anyway, its not true.

      Joelene - 2012-05-08 09:54

      I am speaking from the parents point of view here. There is no justification for letting something like this happpen. If indeed it were true, them the mother should not have custody of her children. What if these children had been abducted? It happens. I do feel for her family, it is something that nobody should have to go through. But in the child safety act we are told that we need to provide our children with a loving safe environment. Expecting your seven year old to be responsible for her younger siblings is not honouring that. The tragedy here is that this poor, innocent child lost her life. Her brother is going to live the rest of his life being traumatised and haunted by what happened. Yes, I know times are tough, parents have to work long hours but someone should be doing something more to protect our children. If this is a regular place where children walk, there should be monitors or at the very least metro/ traffic police pressent. Schools have been known to provide safety crossings for kids. Regardless, a seven year old was senselessly robbed of her life. That angers me, I personally know of a child who lost both of his legs, almost his life because his parents were too busy getting drunk to be responsible for their child. If you cannot instill or provide general safety for your children, you shouldn't have any.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-08 09:11

    Rest in Peace little warrior. True lioness.

  • winnie.nthoke - 2012-05-08 09:24

    Sincere condolonces to her family.May our Gracious God heal their hearts.May her soul rest in peace.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-08 09:43

    Ja I don't know how people think. you don't send your children alone into the street. No matter how close the shop is. My son(5yrs at that time) was almost hit by a car one day. He was standing with my brother and my other three children. I just crossed the street to go to the bank when I heard my brother shout,hey stop that child and as I looked back I saw my child come running to cross the street without looking for cars. I looked up and down and saw vehicles coming from both directions. there ws no time to think and had to act fast,because he wouldn't have stopped but I think that day GOD acted within me because before I knew it I was in the middle of the street with my son in my arms with the vehicles passing us blowing their hooters. I was so angry but yet so thankful because it could have been so much worse . I always remind them about that day and to always look for cars. I'm very sorry for that poor child but now she can keep an eye on her brother every step of the way. rest in peace little sister.

  • Charmaine - 2012-05-08 10:03

    i have no patience and no feeling for Taxi drivers and yes, that goes for 99% of them. murderers on wheels! and its allowed. RIP little one :-(

  • Tasneem - 2012-05-08 10:10

    RIP brave little angel!!!wow!!tears in my eyes!now thats true love right there!!i hope that the taxi driver is going to get punished though?

      Charmaine - 2012-05-08 10:12

      they never really do get punished and thus my comment. how long will they be allowed to cause carnage on our roads

  • debra.brasem - 2012-05-08 10:10

    Where is the mother ????

  • Mpho - 2012-05-08 11:42

    may her soul rest in peace,dts wt families do 2 each ada,she wil \r\nalways be remembed by her family

  • mondli.botha - 2012-05-08 14:28

    Eish its jst nt fair, we adults hurt kids all the tym! When is it gonna stop! This is too much a little angel jst lost her life jst like that! Adults need to be on the look for kids when driving in the residential area. There is no excuse for this act of barbarism! I am damn saddened, I just wish a driver can kill his own child whilst driving like a headless person!

  • Irma - 2012-05-08 16:18

    How very sad. RIP. My younger sister, when she was very small, did the same thing twice. First time luckily there were no cars in the road, second time she ran right infront of a car- luckily there were no other cars on the road so the driver could swerve out the way. Please don't assume the taxi driver kept driving despite these kids being in the road- they could have run out RIGHT infront of him. I have also had to swerve out the way for children darting into the road before.

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-05-08 17:50

    Very sad indeed !! RIP little one !

  • Bongani Khosa - 2012-05-08 18:51

    Whr was the parents hw do u let a 2 minors walk alone on a busy road. Nw the driver will be blamed while its stated tht the kid ran into the road

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