Cape Town – The family of a 3-year-old boy, who succumbed to his injuries after a bookshelf allegedly fell on top of him at a crèche, is reportedly demanding answers from the facility.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at Ashford Pre-School in Bedfordview, Ekurhuleni.
Reports said that Kganya Mokhele was rushed to Linksfield Hospital after the massive structure curved in on him, causing head injuries. Unfortunately, he was certified dead on arrival.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, the toddler was in the classroom with his friends, the principal and two teachers when he “touched the shelf with toys and it fell on top of him”, News24 reported.
The grieving family said it was struggling to come to terms with the sudden tragedy.
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According to IOL, the toddler’s grandfather, Muarice Radebe, said they still could not believe what happened.
“We are getting a lot of conflicting stories of how a 3-year-old could have died in a pre-school. When you send your child to a pre-school you are really sending him to a place of safety and you expect the protection and the care to happen.
“The story we are hearing is that the he was playing next to a cupboard and then the cupboard fell on him, and when I arrived on the scene here, there was blood all over the floor and the blood as if almost like someone was hurt,” the report quoted Radebe as saying.
The family is demanding CCTV footage to show what led to their child’s death, Eye Witness News reported.
Kganya’s uncle, Solly Mokhele accused the school of trying to cover up their tracks.
“They are just giving us stories.
“We are just confused right now. We just don’t know. We brought the child to school in the safe hands of teachers, and then this happens,” Mokhele said.
Police are investigating.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu