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Pupil (6) died in front of traffic officer

By Mogomotsi Selebi | May 17, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 27 ]

THE Randfontein local municipality has admitted that a traffic officer was present when a child was knocked over and killed by a car on Tuesday.

Thuto Itumeleng, 6, a grade one pupil at Sedimosang Primary School in Mohlakeng, West Rand, died after being hit by a bakkie as he was crossing the R28 on his way to school.

As a result of his death - the third one on the road following those of cousins Otsile Khobane who died in December and Donald Maine who was buried last week - angry community members blockaded the road, calling for the installation of a traffic light.

Spokesman for the municipality Philip Montshiwa confirmed that there was a traffic officer dispatched to the area, but could not give detailed answers how the accident happened.

Montshiwa also revealed that safety measures would be put in place in an effort to reduce fatalities on what residents now call "Killer Road".

"The provincial delegation went for an inspection (Wednesday) morning. Rumble strips will be provided and pedestrian crossings painted," he said.

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Shame man RIP boy

May 17, 2012 7:29 | 0 replies

Too sad a life had to end so soon. Parents!! how do we let a grade 1 pupil walk by themselves to school? then we want to blame it on Traffic officers, lets get real. The worst crime we commit (young people) is to bring children in the world and fail in our responsibilities to take care of them. I have given up the use of my car for my younger brother to transport my 1yrs 10 months daughter, my 3 years niece and my 5 year old nephew to and from school. that way, we are assured of their safety. We plead perverty but when it comes to non-essentials we dont compromise. Something is seriously wrong with us.

May 17, 2012 9:13 | 0 replies

I think everywhere is this problem because one of our main roads in brakpan Denneroad there is daily accidents and the mnsipality does nothing i think there must be a surtane amount of accidents before they make a plan i feel so sorry for the mother and my heart goes out to her and her family may God be with you

May 17, 2012 9:39 | 0 replies

Sad indeed, may his innocent soul RIP

Spokesman for the municipality Philip Montshiwa confirmed that there was a traffic officer dispatched to the area, but could not give detailed answers how the accident happened.
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I wonder what he was busy with @ the time of the accident

May 17, 2012 10:41 | 0 replies

TKay
The traffic officer should be charged for negligence
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there is no traffic officer ko that road its 1 woman who volunteered to help kids cross the road sometimes after 8 she knocks off or she goes to her real job and u yaz nathi abantu we prepare umtwana late and make umntwana nervous by scream at him saying o mathe.

May 17, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies

Balelim i agree with u 100%,who lets a 6 year old walk alone, just like in JHB town u find smal kids walkin alone,i grew up in phalaborwa,a very quiet place but my mother wuld take us 2 school daily until we were grown up enough 2 walk alone.
@Vhamsanda, d bridge wil help but stil u'l c ppl crossing on d busy road, leaving d bridge standing der & only used by a few ppl like in Hammanskraal ders a bridge der but i always c ppl running across with heavy p.a.c.k.a.g.e.s & d cars der drive arnd 120km & above, i always ask myself why d bridge is der since dey dnt use it

May 17, 2012 12:54 | 0 replies

May his innocent soul rest in peace!!

May 17, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies

This is sad. But once again, why is a child of 6 allowed to cross any road on his own? Where are the parents?

May 17, 2012 2:8 | 0 replies

So the traffic cop is held responsible for someone's soul.This isn't fair.Anyway A moya wa ngwana wa bo rena o robale ka kgotso

May 17, 2012 2:13 | 0 replies

Shame!! that's so sad.....

May 17, 2012 2:39 | 0 replies

what was the traffic officer sapose to do, write a ticket ?

May 17, 2012 3:36 | 0 replies