Two Free State children die in locked car

2016-02-01 13:56

Bloemfontein – Two children died after getting locked in a broken car parked in the sun in Botshabelo, Bloemfontein, Free State police said on Monday.

The brothers, aged seven and nine, and two other children were playing in the car on Sunday afternoon, police spokesperson Peter Kareli said.

A mechanic had brought the car there and was not home at the time. The doors could only be opened from the outside.

Residents got the children out. The brothers died. The other two were taken to hospital. An inquest docket was opened. 

On January 19, cousins Bayanda Sithole and Asiphile Sithole, both aged three, died of heatstroke in a red Toyota Corolla parked in the sun in a mechanic's yard in Clermont, west of Durban.

Ayabongwa Sithole and Phiwokuhle Mtshali, both two, were also in the car and were admitted to hospital in a critical condition. 

On the same day, five cousins, aged between three and seven, were found dead in an unused freezer at their grandmother's home in Kakamas, Northern Cape. They suffocated after the freezer locked itself while they were playing in it.

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