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Police open an inquest docket following the death of two children

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West


POTCHEFSTROOM - Police in Brits opened inquest docket for investigation following the death of two children aged three and 10. It is alleged that a 32-year-old woman cooked meal (pap, chicken feet and wheat) for the family, on Friday, 17 November 2023, at Regorogile in Sonop outside Brits. All family members and their neighbours’ three children ate the meal and everybody went to sleep.

According to information, the children, aged between 2 and 17, became ill and vomited in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18 November 2023.  An ambulance was called, but one of the children was declared dead at the scene while others including the neighbours’ kids as well as the woman who cooked the meal, were taken to Brits Hospital for medical attention.  Regrettably, the second child died at the hospital while two other children were later transferred to George Mukhari hospital.

Investigations into the matter including collection and testing of food samples are still underway.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone
082 496 9642