By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, Provincial DAWN chairperson:
DAWN is shocked by the tragic suffocation of five young cousins from Kakamas. We commiserate with the family on the loss of their children.
The death of a child is a very heavy burden for a parent to bear.
We hope that the horrific event serves as a wake-up call to parents to be vigilant and to be aware of their children’s whereabouts. An accident can happen in an instant. Young children should not be left unsupervised while playing, especially not when playing around dangerous objects.
We take note of the fact that SAPS has opened an inquest into the matter. We call for a thorough investigation and believe that, if any negligence can be proved, criminal charges should be pursued against the relevant parties.