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Two children die after 'eating rat poison' at pre-school

Two children have died from allegedly consuming rat poison.
Two children have died from allegedly consuming rat poison.
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Two pre-school children died on Tuesday after they allegedly ate a rat poison at an illegally operated centre in Westdene, Johannesburg.

Mpho Phalatse, a member of the mayoral committee responsible for health and social development, said in a statement: “It is alleged that the two pre-school learners were under the care and supervision of a privately run pre-school without the necessary permits to do so.”

The area is believed to have several illegally run pre-schools. Phalatse is expected to visit the children’s families on Wednesday “to get to the bottom” of the incident.

She will be accompanied by city officials in social development including social workers, the city's child desk, environmental health, the emergency management services and local ward councillors.

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