Toddler falls to death in Hillbrow

2011-12-11 08:37

Johannesburg - A three-year-old girl died instantly after down falling nine floors from a building in Hillbrow on Saturday, said Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

Spokesperson Synock Matobako said the mother was on the scene at the corner of Banket and Goldreich Streets.

Matobako said: "As the festive season approaches we are seeing more and more incidents involving children.

"We appeal to parents to make sure that their children are always under proper supervision."

  • Paul Diepenbroek - 2011-12-11 09:03

      Burtfred - 2011-12-11 09:22

      You're a man of few words, Paul.

      Yusuf - 2011-12-11 09:59

      burtfred.thats not a nice thing to say.the poor man stutters

  • Leon - 2011-12-11 09:06

    "Down falling"????

  • Marion - 2011-12-11 09:42

    RIP little one. It's a pity the reporter couldn't write this in correct English though. The lack of attention to detail seems a bit disrespectful to me.

  • Kate - 2011-12-11 10:10

    Proof read, proof read, please News24

  • danielle.hamman - 2011-12-11 10:29

    I am so sick of News24 and their piss poor editing and writing ability. Be an example of excellence, not part of the "don't give a damn" majority.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-12-11 10:29

    For goodness sake people. Why don't you all go and work for the Sowetan and write news stories in Zulu! Let's see how well YOU do!!! A few errors has got nothing to do with disrespect. An innocent little girl died and all some of you can do is bitch about spelling and grammar errors. I mean, REALLY!?

      Yusuf - 2011-12-11 10:49

      anything wrong with being a housewife?kate

      Marion - 2011-12-11 11:09

      It indicates total lack of disrespect in my opinion. Just as it indicates disrespect when someone who corresponds with you (or even verbal communication for that matter) cannot bother to get the spelling of your name right. Just rush the story out. If someone hasn't got good English language skills then they should not be writing English articles. Plenty of people who can and who could be employed in that job.

      danielle.hamman - 2011-12-11 23:08

      Why on earth should poor writing be excused because of language? In the real world, Leigh, journalism is held to the highest standard, because it's how people understand their world around them. It's an attitude like yours which allows for complacency and, to be quite frank, if you're Zulu and can't write properly in English, you most certainly should not be disrespecting those involved in this story by making an attempt. I would not be stupid enough as an English speaking person to try and write a story as tragic as this one in Zulu - it is unfair to all concerned, don't you agree? How you even come up with Sowetan/Zulu is actually beyond me. Kind of a racist assumption actually considering there isn't even a name on the article. SAPA stands for South African Press Association - I am sure there are more writers within this group than Zulus. What a stupid assumption. If your standards are so low and you are OK with that, more power to you. But I remember a world where this kind of thing mattered - I like my news sources to be credible, not Mickey Mouse. As a side note, the same goes for my government. Are you also OK with our government standards being lowered because many are Zulu? Wake up girlfriend.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-12-11 10:45

    @ Kate - Are you saying that women who stay at home can't read and write?Staying at home and looking after my family is a hell of a lot more noble than trolling the streets Kate! Take the log out of your own eye before you try and take the splinter out of mine!

  • Winston - 2011-12-11 11:07

    It's a case of the literate being subjected by the illiterate

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2011-12-11 18:56

    Where the hell was this childs mother, at three years old she should not have been able to open a window and fall out, or did she fall down the stair well, no matter what her parents are at fault here and should be punished for neglegence. RIP little one.

  • lasherza - 2011-12-11 19:04

    read proof you must News24 - from your friend Yoda.

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