On Saturday, 14 November three children were found dead after allegedly suffocating in an unused freezer in the Mammutla village near Taung in the North West Province.
According to a statement by the provincial education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela, the children were believed to be playing an in-and-out game in the deep freezer.
JacarandaFM reported that a provincial spokesperson said that the mother of one of the children had left her daughter at a house and went to a local tavern. Upon her return, she could not find her daughter.
“According to reports, the mother went back to the house and noticed that there was something strange with her freezer and she went to look. She found the lifeless bodies of the three young girls,” provincial police spokesperson Amanda Funani says.
The funerals for Refiloe Mooki (8), Gogontle Gaolehelwe (8) and Ipeleng Gaolehelwe (10) will be held on Saturday, 21 November.
In a separate incident, Times Live reported that three children were found dead on Wednesday, 18 November in the Botsalano village near Morokweng in the North West Province.
“According to reports, the grandmother left the children in the yard at approximately 10:00 to attend a funeral service in the same village. She returned home at about 15:30 and found the minors’ lifeless bodies inside an old and unused vehicle that was parked in the yard,” Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone told the publication.
While the investigation into both cases is still underway, community members and parents have been asked to take proper care of their children to prevent more tragic incidents.
News24 reported that this is the second incident involving children suffocating in the North West, in less than a week.