Hit-and-run driver kills brothers

2012-05-29 09:06

Cape Town - A driver who knocked down and killed two boys in Delft, Cape Town, was still on the run, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

A case of culpable homicide was opened after 7-year-old Sanilsiwe Magqadeni, and his brother Lethu Mfengwane, 2, were knocked down while walking home in the N2 Gateway housing project on Sunday evening.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said residents believed a speeding white BMW was responsible.

On Monday, hundreds of residents protested in Abedale Road, where the boys were killed. They burned tyres and blocked the road with stones, demanding that the city build speed bumps.

  • Marion - 2012-05-29 09:14

    RIP little ones and sincere condolences to your family and friends. Without a registration number there isn't a hope they will catch him/her. If the driver of the vehicle is reading this article and the comments, if you have any semblance of humanity you will hand yourself over sooner rather than later. Remember, what goes around comes around.

      Gordon - 2012-05-29 09:29

      Doesn't CT have all those traffic camera's monitored remotely? Surely a little detective work could find the culprit...

      Marion - 2012-05-29 10:03

      @Gordon - I'm not sure they would have such monitoring in Delft. More's the pity.

      stevemoss4 - 2012-05-29 10:28

      @Gordon, im sure they dont have cameras in the area. need to hope that the person hands themselves over or that the community would have noticed more than just the colour and make of the car. RIP

      Msika - 2012-05-29 10:44

      In Cape Town, the so called heaven of SA??

  • Gavin - 2012-05-29 09:27

    the driver was probably under the influence of something either alcohol, drugs or cowardice.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 10:26

      Probably all 3

  • mbonyathi - 2012-05-29 09:28

    even so the culprit can still be caught with some clever investigating tacticts, look around the area before and after the accident for any shops with cameras and try pull out registrations for similar cars passing by.. it would be great if the driver reports to the nearest police station before wasting our tax payer's money.

  • Janice - 2012-05-29 09:44

    Very sad, but what I dont understand about these people is, why burn things in the road and endanger other lives!!! Wake up, and start looking after your children! It will not happen to a child of mine! WHY??? Because I dont leave them unattended!!! I look after them!!!

      Rashida - 2012-05-29 09:52

      @janice you stupid woman.this is not the time to judge the mother.and dont say this will never happen to your kids.Gods plan no one can little one and thank you@marion for you wise words its a pleasure to read your comments .

      Gemmy - 2012-05-29 10:06

      I agree with janice- I am sorry children had to die. But the reality is, these kids are throwing stones at cars and doing far, far worse- have you driven through delft? Manenberg? Bishop lavis? 2, 3 year old children are running around half naked in the road. The community wants to protest? They should protest the fact they don't look after their children, my husband has family in bishop lavis, mitchells plain. I will NEVER allow my child to behave in the manner these children are allowed to.

      snylo - 2012-05-29 10:07

      @rashida... A foolish emotional comment on your behalf. I'm sure Janice is not judging the mother but merely stating a very obvious fact here. Seriously, what parent allows their 7 and 2 year olds out at night alone nowadays anyway, let alone to walk on along a road?! This is a very sad story indeed and something that could of been avoided. Hopefully the driver does the right thing and comes forward to take responsibility for his actions. RIP little boys, you are safe now from more harm.

      Marion - 2012-05-29 10:07

      @Janice - Don't be so sure it, or something equally disastrous, couldn't happen to a child of yours. It has nothing to do with 'being a good mother'. Many people have lost their children in home accidents when their parents have been right there with them.

      Marion - 2012-05-29 10:08

      @rashida - thank you.

      Goodman - 2012-05-29 10:33

      Its very sad and i would 2 pass my condolense to dis farmily.T u Janice you must never coment lyk dis again because u talk lyl a five year old child no matter what the mother of those children never put them on de road, dont be stupid your bastard.Burning tyres is de only language that government listen to response quickly frm Hlathi emakhaza.

      sanz.zn - 2012-05-29 10:36

      Anyhthing can happen now days to kids no matter how careful you are with them. Blaming the parents in a sitaution like this is uncalled for. RIP boys and condolences to the family.

      sasekile - 2012-05-29 12:16

      I take care of my kids, but unfortunately I cannot watch them 24 hrs a day n children being children, they can get tempted and slip through the gate without anyone noticing. Fortunately for me, my girls have grown up n never walked the streets on their own, but it's not by my strength, therefor I can never say it won't happen to me. I'm home now my 12 n 13 yr old r at school, anything can happen

      Maureen - 2012-06-01 06:36

      Janice don't be so smug in the face of such a tragedy, careful the rug isn't ripped from under you feet. Bless the little mites deepest condolences to the family.

  • Bob - 2012-05-29 09:50

    Reading this just spoils my day...! R.I.P. lill fellas!

  • Matt - 2012-05-29 10:36

    Seriously, Who lets their seven and two year old children, walk down a road, known for serious accidents, unaccompanied ! ! !

      Janice - 2012-05-29 10:51

      Bad parents do!!!!!

      sasekile - 2012-05-29 12:07

      Blame it on parents not the bad driver

  • Vic - 2012-05-29 10:40

    If one can compare 100 years before 1990, and 18 years from 1994 until today everything wrong has escalated with degrees. For example the level of crime, poverty, drug use, drunk driving, woman & child abuse, family abuse, human trafficking, rape of infants and very old people, all these negative actions in our society have risen up. Something must be totally wrong. Does S.A have any strict laws and selfless state leaders? Oh yes we have such people but they are busy marching & trying take down just a painting City Press website and from Goodman Gallery. Anyway - may the boys souls RIP.

      songezo.kilani - 2012-05-29 11:23

      Oh boy another apartheid apologist

      JohnnyGeez - 2012-05-29 11:46

      I agree Vic..Poverty causes all of the above. Stressful situations makes the human being do stupid things to survive or go crazy. As to Songezo...ur comment is actually quite ridiculous...its facts..and against facts there is no argument..just now u will say this is caused by oppression!!!

  • carol.muller - 2012-05-29 11:12

    Janice, Gemmy and Matt, be careful of generalising and assuming. A very sad story indeed. Acidents can happen anywhere and to anybody. The crime here is that the driver did not have the decency to stop.If any of you guys mentioned above knows anyone in Delft who is abusing / ill-treating their children, PLEASE do me a favour and go and adress those people.

  • Egan Knoop - 2012-05-29 12:22

    @Gordon: It is clear you have never been to Delft. There is no cameras in Delft. Parents in Delft should not leave their children unattended. This accident happened at 21:00. Children should be in bed at that time and not walking alone outside especially in Delft. I have driven in that streets and you will see 18 mnth old babies walking across the streets with no parents in sight. I had to stop and ask neighbours whos child it was. My point is that parents should take responsibilty for their children and not leave them unattended

  • Kevin - 2012-05-29 12:52

    Demanding speedbumps... why dont they demand the apprehension of the driver!

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 13:53

    Oh at last - A worthwile march. This is at least something to get upset about - But who ever this driver was - he will answer for what he did - ONE DAY

  • antoinette.jordaan.3 - 2012-05-30 22:35

    RIP little ones u in a beter place know free from this world . Remember the kids we think its ours is not it belongs to God :) God gv and God takes he knows best

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