Mom, babies killed by train identified

2012-02-10 16:00

Cape Town - A mother and her two children who were killed after stepping in front of an oncoming train outside Eerste River, Cape Town, have been identified, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Warrant Officer November Filander said a 20-year-old man came forward on Thursday, saying he was the woman's boyfriend and father of the children.

The victims were Nyarai Chiwandire, 34, and her children, Rosemary, 1, and Allan, who was six days old.

The family, from Zimbabwe, lived in Hilda Park, Eerste River.

Metrorail regional manager Lindelo Matya said the woman was seen stepping into the middle of the track on Tuesday morning.

Police suspected suicide since it happened in poor light and in an area where people didn't normally cross the tracks, Matya said.

An inquest was opened.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-10 16:15

    That is so terribly sad. Maybe the boyfriend can shed some light on her state of mind before it happened. With a 6 day old baby, one can't rule out postnatal depression.

  • Savvas - 2012-02-10 16:15

    what a sad thing. Only they know what problems they are going through...

  • Shirley - 2012-02-10 16:17

    R.I.P. little ones. Whatever the reasons condolences to the family. Little lives never given a chance!

  • inwardk - 2012-02-10 17:35

    Ai! Poor children.

  • Jaco - 2012-02-10 17:43

    How selfish. Those kids deserved a chance at life. What's the point of bringing children into this world and then take their lives away after only a few days?

      Joann - 2012-02-10 20:40

      If she was suffering post-natal depression, there's your point. You'll never understand unless you've been there!!!

  • Brigitte - 2012-02-11 15:52

    I know it's a contentious issue, but I know a few legal Zimbabwians who are here working their butts off. It's hard life, with the constant vibe that they are 'taking away SA jobs'. I feel for this woman, and her boyfriend. And yes, post natal depression could have been the catalyst!

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