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By unknown | May 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Eastern Cape police have opened an inquest docket following the deaths of two children allegedly from suffocation at Sokapase Village in Ngqamakwe at the weekend.

The two children, a two-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother, allegedly died after inhaling smoke while their 30-year-old mother was cooking on Sunday night.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said the mother was cooking for a man who was building the family another house.

"It is alleged that the man arrived at their home on Monday morning and knocked at the door but there was no response," said Manatha.

Manatha said the man and a member of the woman's family forced the door open. They found the mother, her 11-year-old son, her two-year old daughter and seven-year-old son lying on the floor. The two youngest children were dead.

"The woman was sent to Ngqamakwe clinic, where she is in a stable condition and her her 11-year-old son was sent to Butterworth hospital," said Manatha.


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