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Cop’s seizure brings tragedy

IT IS quiet in the Letsholo home. Sad, tired faces greet us as we enter the gate.

People move through the house – sit, eat, say a few words and offer comfort. But for Sylvia Letsholo, 39, the house is unbearably quiet.

Sylvia Letsholo, 39, grieves after the death of her six-month-old baby Tshiamo, who was killed when a metro police officer suffered an epileptic seizure and drove his vehicle into her family group in Meadowlands. Picture: Dumisani Dube. Credit: Dumisani Dube

“I keep hearing his cries when he refuses to eat and his laughter when I put him in his washing basin,” says Letsholo, sitting on a bed next to her mother, her face red from crying.

On Monday morning, her six-month-old son Tshiamo was killed when a Joburg metro police (JMPD) officer, who apparently suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure, lost control of his car and hit Letsholo and the four children who were with her.

Yesterday, the family buried Tshiamo at the Avalon cemetery in Soweto.

The accident occurred when Letsholo and her three children, Utlwanang, 9, Oratile, 5, and Tshiamo, as well as her niece Mmathapelo, 17, had taken a 2km walk from Meadowlands Zone 1 to the SA Social Security Agency offices in Mzimhlophe to re-register the children for social grants.

Close to their destination, Letsholo decided to dodge some overflowing sewage and take a slightly different route.

It cost her her child’s life.

Letsholo says she has forgiven the driver, but wants him to take responsibility for the pain he has caused the family.

She doesn’t know his name. However, the family have opened a case against the driver.

JMPD spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said the department had removed the officer from driving duties.

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