Three-year-old Luqmaan Jardien, a hearing impaired boy, has died following an attack by a pitbull while at home in Hanover Park on Monday morning.
According to IOL, Luqmaan’s uncle, Dawood Stuart, tried to get his nephew away from the dog, but when he tried to pick Luqmaan up to go into the house, the dog proceeded to attack the boy again. The uncle then allegedly used the door to suffocate the dog, as the dog continued to attack them while trying to enter their home.
The dog reportedly belongs to Luqmaan’s neighbours and the boy would often play with the dog, which has led to confusion as to why the dog would attack him. It is speculated that the dog was provoked somehow.
Luqmaan was taken to the Heideveld Day Hospital where he later died.
Police have reportedly opened an inquest into Luqmaan’s death.