Pneumonia, not teargas, to blame for Durban baby's death - police

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Durban – A Durban infant died of pneumonia, and not from inhaling teargas during a protest, as some people had claimed, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

This was the finding of the post-mortem conducted on two-week-old Jayden Khoza, who died during a protest in the Foreman Road informal settlement, Clare Hills, last month, Brigadier Jay Naicker said.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini was not immediately available to comment.

On Monday, May 29, residents of the settlement protested because the eThekwini municipality had not replied to demands they made during a protest the previous week.

Jayden's father Receive Khoza told reporters the baby and his mother were in their dwelling when the protests began. He said a canister of teargas police fired landed near his home, and that Jayden inhaled some of it. 

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