Man and son killed in explosion

2011-07-19 11:09

Johannesburg - A man and his 3-year-old son were killed in an explosion outside their home in an informal settlement in Atteridgeville, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Wanda Olivier said the family members were sitting around a fire outside their home on Monday evening, when the explosion occurred.

The child and the man were killed instantly and the mother was seriously injured.

"I cannot confirm that it was a bomb, but we believe the informal settlement is on land that was once used by the SA Defence Force," Olivier said.

She said it had been difficult for emergency personnel to reach the scene because there were no roads in the area.

  • O-Kay - 2011-07-19 11:13

    This is tragic! How completely unnecessary!

  • Wezz - 2011-07-19 11:28

    Expect this story to be blown out of proportion

      LBS - 2011-07-20 17:45

      Who says it was not Imkonte whatever....

  • biskit - 2011-07-19 11:29

    Oi thats terrible - RIP

  • mdu_afrika - 2011-07-19 11:33

    Informal settlements = accidents in waiting may their souls RIP

  • Jynxd - 2011-07-19 11:41

    Should blame not be placed on the current government for not educating the masses. Surely common sense denotes that if an area is cordoned off, with very high fences (as I have seen on other military areas), don't go in there?

      2c - 2011-07-19 12:13

      Yip, this country is now officialy a war zone! Sorry to the unsuspecting people that died. It tragic. Sies SADF, for littering the people to death. I hope you pay them compensation.

      Susannomore - 2011-07-19 12:20

      True Jynxd. Although I don't think we can pass blame for this until we have all the details. The fences could have been removed, before these people settled there and they simply did not know. Or they did know and were not aware of the danger. There are still too many variables at this point.

      Marcell - 2011-07-19 12:50

      The fences gets stolen. Then it become a informal settlement.

  • Joy - 2011-07-19 11:42

    that is truly tragic - my condolences to the family.

  • daaivarksetier - 2011-07-19 11:43

    No one deserves to die in such a horrible manner. And all these negative comments shame on you, what if this happened to you.

      Grazy - 2011-07-19 12:25

      I'll rather die by an explosion than get tortured to death by farm murderers. But on the subject, condolances to the family and their friends.

      Marcell - 2011-07-19 12:53

      Reminds me of the Church street and Magoos bombing. Also innocent people.

      Charles Kane - 2011-07-19 22:54

      Sane Person: "Shame, did you hear our domestic worker died in a car accident?" Grazy or Marcell: "Really, well this reminds me of when hijackers shoot people."

  • Balstrome - 2011-07-19 11:43

    //She said it had been difficult for emergency personnel to reach the scene because there were no roads in the area// Use a bloody helicopter, or are those only for rich folk?

      Totman - 2011-07-19 13:46

      Where must they land???

      Lil - 2011-07-19 14:10

      They were there! they went in with a 4X4 and brought the mother out.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-19 19:47

      You want a chopper landing near shacks? Ever seen the wind generated by the rotors? Many more injuries from flying sheet metal would result. Think before you post.

      Mike - 2011-07-20 10:02

      You must be a complete idiot - do you perhaps hold a black belt in idiocy? Why don't you start off by saying that all informal settlements need to be planned in that enough room is left for roads. Blame the authorities that be for this!? Blame the thick-skulled settlers for not planninmg how and where they put their shacks up instead of on top of each other? Then perhaps think before you post your diatribe - where is the helicopter supposed to land? Numbskull! Plank!

      Jakkals - 2011-07-20 19:30

      Duidelik was jy nog nie in so 'n plek nie. jy kan nie land met 'n Helikopter nie. Die wind sal al die huisies weg en omwaai en dan is dit 'n storie. Die klomp bly so op mekaar dat daar nie plek vir 'n voertuig is nie .

  • 50something - 2011-07-19 11:51

    This is tragic, but it is unlikely that the defence force would have had a live ammunition training or testing area so close to a residential areas - maybe it was an ANC arms cache.

      Fedup - 2011-07-19 13:10

      Isaac you must have been on drugs in the township then, my husband was a medic in the army in 1985 patrolling in the townships and your people were not defenceless at all you were the ones throwing petrol bombs at the defenceless army guys guarding you no one was shooting randomly (not rendomly) at (not to) the blacks

  • whatno - 2011-07-19 12:11

    The article is simply reporting on the terrible death of a father and son. Nothing about blamiing anyone black/white. People should learn to control their anger.Its clear there is a lot of that. May their souls rest in peace.

      Mike - 2011-07-20 10:05

      Agreed. The anger is generated and aggravated by the lack of control of the pathetic ANCircus. The whole-sale rape fo the land and its coffers is all testimony to the vitriol on this blog.

  • Susannomore - 2011-07-19 12:14

    How incredibly sad! If there are left over "bombs" or whatever in the area, why were they not moved?! It is hard to pass blame on this one, but I know for sure that the 3-year old should still be alive today.

  • Pragmatist - 2011-07-19 12:15

    It is a shame, but why were they on restricted land? (it would have been restricted), so if there were no signs and monotoring why did the NEW SANDF not do their job?

      Johan Erasmus - 2011-07-19 16:47

      Because the fencing was stolen for scrap metal - It is South Africa and thats the way it's done. If you are black and you want something, you simply take it. The Defense force does not have money to monitor this area because some corrupt official stole the money earmarked for it.

  • Georgia Brand - 2011-07-19 12:37

    Here is a terrible loss of life possibly due to poverty and no provision for the homeless in this country and the 'R' word rears its ugly head yet again in the comments on this story... The 'R' word appears in any subject relating to any news story in South Africa. Fact! We should ban the 'R' word for a year and see if we can take life for what it is.. with its good and bad, ups and downs, failures and successes... see if we can live without resorting to every issue as 'racist' in South Africa...

      Comic - 2011-07-19 12:44

      Yes it does appear in every news article because these lot are one big joke like go on.

      Eric West - 2011-07-19 12:50

      If only the "poor and homeless" would stop breeding like flies, there wouldn't be a housing problem!

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-19 12:52

      Georgia is right, no more use of the word "reporter".

      Comic - 2011-07-19 12:53

      @Eric West:Do you have something like a very big can of doom that will work?

      ANCockup - 2011-07-19 13:01

      Why should the homeless be provided for? The only reason that I have a home is that I provide for myself.

      mamakalami - 2011-07-19 15:04

      Eric - the article is about a family who got blown up - please stay on the topic.

      tryanything - 2011-07-19 19:49

      Yep we should also ban murders...

      Ettienne - 2011-07-20 08:07

      I support you 200% Georgia. It amazes me that after 17 years of so-called democracy, "R" is still way out of hand in this country. The sad part is that it is not that much between W&B anymore as compared to the apartheid years, but more so between the different cultures of the B.

      Mike - 2011-07-20 10:16

      Georgia - the big problem in most of Africa is that the poor EXPECT to be GIVEN everything on a plate. Why does the government not try and instil a bit of respect/pride/etc in persons to actually get off their buts and DO something for themselves. This abcess of give/give/give until it hurts is getting a bit much. The average blue collar worker/10% of the population, is getting gatvol of supporting the lazy arses.

  • Flinger - 2011-07-19 16:38

    very sad

  • karabomtho - 2011-07-19 17:04

    Some of you guys lack Empathy, people have lost loved ones and you guys see the whole affair as an avenue to start political debates. May their souls rest in peace.

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  • hollochris - 2011-07-19 21:12

    Numerous shooting ranges have been closed in recent years due to squatters moving into the danger areas...this won't be the last time that this happens..

      Mike - 2011-07-20 10:21

      The size of ammunition used on the shooting ranges you refer to will not kill 2 persons the way this has done. Think before you post garbage. It is clearly indicated that this was a military ground i.e. high explosive bombs could be in the ground.

  • moiraine - 2011-07-19 21:31

    RIP to both of them, I feel for their family.

  • fragtion - 2011-07-19 22:43

    Horrible story which brings hell to imagination =(

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