Cape Town -
Two children were killed in a hit-and-run incident over the Easter weekend while playing with friends in Symphony Way in Delft.
Witnesses said they saw Siyamthanda Madlantse, 7, and Andakhe Qoyi, 6, playing with friends on the sidewalk in Symphony Way when a car knocked them over.
The driver fled the scene.
The vehicle was identified as a dark green Daewoo and a man was later arrested.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that the incident had taken place at around 6.05pm on Saturday in Symphony Way, N2 Gateway Delft, just after the Blikkiesdorp set of traffic lights.
Van Wyk said that when police found the two boys they were critically injured.
They died at the scene.
A witness, Adolph Koliko, a neighbour of the boys, said the car had swerved on to the sidewalk before crashing into the children.
“The car was coming from the direction of the robots. It seemed like it was speeding.
“I heard a huge bang which to me seemed like a tyre burst. Soon after the burst it swerved on to the walkway and hit the two boys.”
Koliko said the one boy was dragged by the car and the other was flung into the air and landed about two houses from where the impact was.
Siyamthanda’s family said they were shocked by the incident.
An aunt, Nomthandazo Sombo, said Siyamthanda and his mom, Yolisa Sombo, had been visiting her at her home on Saturday.
Siyamthanda and his mother lived in Gugulethu.
“I asked if they could sleep over because I would only be returning home from church the next day. I got a call from his mother, she was crying saying Siyamthanda had been hit by a car.
“Siyamthanda loved joking around,” she said.
Andakhe Qoyi’s mother was too shocked to speak to the Cape Argus on Monday.
His grandmother Zandile Qoyi said the family was saddened by the loss.
Qoyi said she heard a sound of screeching tyres and went to check if all the children were indoors.
“I saw Siyamthanda’s cousin crying. She said Siyamthanda has been knocked over.”
Qoyi said a neighbour had asked her what her grandson was wearing.
“I ran back to the house and we only then realised that Andakhe wasn’t home, and then I knew he too had been hit by that car,” she sobbed.
The two families have called on the provincial government to erect a fence to separate the walkway from Symphony Way.
“They gave us houses, but they never considered our safety first. Our children have no place to play and these cars always speed here,” Qoyi said.
Van Wyk said witnesses had identified the driver who was later arrested.
“The driver will face charges of culpable homicide, driving without a valid licence, failing to report an accident where people were seriously injured and leaving an accident scene,” he said.
* A three-year-old child is in a critical condition after being knocked over by a vehicle on Klipheuwel road near Malmesbury.
ER24’s paramedics said the boy had sustained multiple injuries and advanced life-support intervention was required. He was airlifted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital for further medical care.