THE families of three kids are still puzzled after their children ate a meal at a neighbour’s house and later died.
Sisters Reabetswe (2) and Naledi Mojaki (4) and their friend Dineo Lenong (5) were playing at the neighbour’s house in Christiana, North West along with a six-year-old boy when they were offered tinned fish and dombolo.
When the kids went home they started complaining of stomach cramps. The little girls died while the boy is fighting for his life in hospital.
The families of the children said they don’t suspect foul play as the gogo loved kids and would give them food whenever they were hungry.
Reabetswe and Naledi’s mum Motshidisi (20) said after the kids started vomiting, they called an ambulance but it took too long to come. They left for the hospital by car but sadly, the kids died on the way.
“I appeal to Good Samaritans to help with the funeral arrangements,” said Motshidisi. Dineo’s mum, Elizabeth (24) said the little girl drew her last breath as the family was about to call an ambulance.
The gogo who fed the kids, Kenyaditswe Mokgwera (62) said: “I bought two tins of fish from the local shop. I loved those kids and what happened to them really shocked me.”
Lekwa-Teemane mayor Kagiso Palagangwe sent condolences to the families and promised to help with the funerals. Lieutenant-Colonel Pelonomi Makau said an inquest docket was opened and the cause of death was still unknown.
Watch out for these signs of a spoiled product when eating canned food:
– A bulging can or lid, or a broken seal
– A lid that shows signs of rust or food that has oozed or seeped under the jar’s lid, or gassiness indicated by tiny bubbles moving upward
– Food that looks mushy, mouldy, or cloudy or that gives off an unpleasant smell when the tin is opened
– Spurting liquid from the can or jar when it is opened.