Grade 5 pupil dies after falling off moving bakkie

2019-09-26 15:00
Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images

Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

When schools re-open on Tuesday and pupils at Phangindawo Primary School in Elandskop reunite, the desk where Phila Ngcobo sat will be empty.

Phila (10), a Grade 5 pupil from Elandskop, was killed in a freak accident on Zwartkop Road on Tuesday afternoon.

It is believed that Phila fell off a moving bakkie and died on impact after suffering serious head injuries.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said a case of culpable homicide was opened and is being investigated.

Phila, who had been visiting relatives in the Mpumuza area in Edendale, had travelled with a neighbour to town and they were returning to the area when the accident happened.

Speaking to The Witness on Wednesday, his grandfather, Bafana Mngadi, said Phila was with his friends when the accident happened. The bakkie belongs to a neighbour.

A source said the neighbour was on his way into the CDB to fetch his daughter from school. The children had allegedly wanted to go for a ride-along and the young boy fell out of the bakkie near the Botanical Gardens.

“All we know is that Phila and his friends had asked to accompany the neighbour who was going to fetch someone in town.

“We only found out about the accident late on Tuesday. We don’t know what really happened because the driver is still too distraught to talk about the incident,” said the grandfather.

He added: “When we arrived at the Prestbury police station, the police broke the news. It was so difficult, I had to hold off telling his mother until we got home.”

Mngadi described Phila as a playful and quiet boy, who enjoyed playing soccer.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  accident
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.