West Rand toddler burns to death

2012-06-03 20:33

Johannesburg - A 22-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday morning after her 5-year-old daughter died when three shacks burned down in Soul City in Kagiso on the West Rand, Gauteng police said.

"The woman left her daughter in the shack. A few hours later someone called her to alert her that her shack was one of those that burned down," said Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya.

"The little girl was burnt beyond recognition. The woman was arrested on the scene for child negligence. No other injuries were reported."

The woman was expected to appear in court soon, said Sibiya.

  • Gemmy - 2012-06-03 20:50

    How in Gods name do you leave your 5 year old alone for a 'few' hours!!

      CoronaSherona - 2012-06-03 23:10

      How in God's name can you make a judgement and be so self righteous when you don't know the full story. THINK before throwing those stones because, but for the grace of God there go you. You haven't even got a clue what transpired just some sensationalist headlines with little detail or FACTS.

      Tinky - 2012-06-07 11:08

      @ CoronaSherona - Why was the "mother" arrested for child negligence? THINK before you write, because no 5 year old should ever be left alone, no matter what the circumstances. Furthermore, we ALL comment on the articles as they appear, we don't have any other facts, so how do you propose we comment?

  • Gerhardus - 2012-06-03 20:50

    What about the father?

      elbie.brooks.3 - 2012-06-04 07:09

      He didn't left the child , she did

      Alaina - 2012-06-04 09:01

      If the father didn't leave the baby, Elbie, where was he? They don't even mention him which makes me think he doesn't feature in the baby's life. So yeah... he did leave the baby.

  • msuthukazi.nkqwitha - 2012-06-03 20:54

    she deserves to rot in jail for the rest of her life

      msuthukazi.nkqwitha - 2012-06-04 04:16

      children have a right to be protected not neglected. as a mother you cannot leave a five year old unattended for even a few minutes because children have curious minds. they have questions for everything. If she knew she was going to be long where she went she could have asked for help from her neighbours even if she went to the coner spaza to buy bread.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-08-13 09:51

      If the fire started in a neighbouring shack perhaps she was aware that her neighbours were irresponsible and felt her child would be safer in her own shack. Let's not forget that children this age are being raped every day and given the choice sometimes one chooses what one sees as the lesser of two evils but life is a great leveller. We may think we are in control but ultimately perhaps this child has been spared an even worse fate.

  • Lynda - 2012-06-03 21:10

    this breaks my heart, how could anyone be so irresponsible, poor little girl

  • Herbert - 2012-06-03 21:52

    this is shack life. teenage pregnancy. single working moms. toddlers home alone and vulnerable to abuse and death. and our goverment takes offence at art!!

      Bob - 2012-06-03 21:57

      Right on the button Herbert...!

  • Marvel Mushavhela - 2012-06-03 22:06

    Oh poor woman, May her lil' child's soul rest in peace. As long as poverty this country still has a majority of citizens who are poverty stricken, we are still going to experience a lot of misfortunes in our society.., it's really amazing how other fellow citizens are struggling in our neighbourhoods..Whatever that made her leave the lil' one unattended, good or bad, it's because of poverty...We're no ones to judge this young woman.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-03 22:12

      why do poverty stricken people always breed with children?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-03 22:41

      @Stewart.Croucamp - why do rich MALE Presidents always "breed with children"? But to answer your question more directly, if you are poor, uneducated and have little or no access or understanding of health care, then you may well end up having kids you are unprepared for. Look back past the last 50/100_ years into your own family history and figure out how many of your relatives wanted or needed the kids they had - how much access to contraception they had, how wealthy they were to be able to make that decision. It's easy to pretend that you were always wealthy and well-educated and always made the right choices. Go back far enough in history and you will find women in your family also were poor, had 18+ children and were dead by 30

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-03 23:59

      Stewart you sound like a real stuffed shirt. Give a thought to those less fortunate.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-04 00:00

      You're right Marvel. I wish others would also care just a little bit.

  • braamc - 2012-06-03 22:21

    This is so sad, sad that so many people must live in these boxes firstly, however your 5 year old is always your responsibility

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-03 23:06

      I note all the judgement being brought to bear by men. You all seem to have it figured out - the rules, state of play, who does what, who is accountable - the woman. If you are alone with no-one to help you, what do you do? At some point you have to go out - to shop, go to work and in camp, maybe even just go to the toilet. Women in these situations (and I am not saying this woman, just women in general), are stuck. If they don't know or trust their neighbours or if the neighbours do not want to help, what is a shack-dwelling, single-parent to do? It's easy to sit as a man and make decisions about what women should and should not do - as if men have no role or responsibility in this at all

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-03 23:57

      Having been a single mom I can identify with what you say. Moms are often left to raise babies on their own and are frequently vilified by people who don't understand. Before pointing fingers, people should first give some thought to the life of a single mom - its not easy - and I had a job! I shudder to think what it may be like with no job.

  • Vinicia - 2012-06-04 00:46

    How does this woman even think of living her toddler out of sight for more than 2min? last time i checked a toddler cant keep still for a minute what more when she is alone in the house.....iyoo! shocked for days

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-06-04 07:34

    kazi ubemshiya eyaphi umtwana yedwa lenjakazi ndiqinisekile ubeye kukhangela utywala namadodo sies make me very sick skeberesh

  • Martin - 2012-06-04 08:26

    i was in grade 1 at 5 yrs old, that was no toddler. rip anyways

      Martin - 2012-06-04 11:37

      however this explains how 35 yrs old is still a youth in the anc

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-04 11:56

    Stricter penalties to be imposed against parents who neglect their children! Perhaps they would think twice before putting their own before that of their children. This makes me very sad. RIP little one. I can not fathom the pain that you had to go through. Your safe now, my angel.

  • Nasiefa - 2012-06-04 12:02

    shame on you !!!!!!!!!

  • Maria - 2012-06-04 12:48

    @Martin - Please if you've got nothing to say just shush maan - a child has lost it's life here and all you can talk about is you being 5 years in Grade 1 - Who cares - Do you know how it feels to loose a child??? You still talking like when you were 5 years maan. "Grow Up - Mr 5yearold.

  • Maria - 2012-06-04 12:55

    Martin - what's the ANC, 35 years, got to do with a woman who left her daughter for several hours ??? just curious.

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-06-07 10:58

    very sad i hope the child did not suffer

  • Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-08-13 09:46

    My sympathies to the mother and may the soul fo her little one go straight to the angels. I feel so sorry for all single mothers but especially those in townships. sometimes circumstances conspire against one even when you are not alone. Children drown when parents are right there because of confusion and everyone thinking that someone is looking after the child while nobody actually checks. This is tragic because African woman in particular are left to support children from various men who barely realise that they are fathers and frequently when they do give no support of any kind because they have moved on to the next poor woman. For all we know there was a sick younger child that needed medical attention and there was nobody to leave this one with. Poverty presents one with huge challenges - no taxi fare for a third child because then no medicine for the sick child. Is that negligence? I don't think so.

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