Newcastle 6-Year-Old Boy Dies While Playing In The Park

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The people from eMadadeni burnt tyres and other objects outside the local clinic, after a six-year-old boy died while playing at a local park, police said. Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said a group protested on Tuesday morning.

He said residents felt that if the local clinic had been opened, the boy could have been saved.

“It is alleged that the child was playing at the park when he allegedly fell on a steel pipe. He later died of his injuries. The local community complained that, if the local clinic was opened, the child would have been saved.”

He said that, thus far, there had been no damages or injuries as a result of the protest.

“Police are monitoring the situation.”

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said that residents were aware that the clinic closed at 6pm.

“We do not have all our clinics open 24-hours. This is one of those that closes in the afternoon. An ambulance came and saw the child had died.”

Dhlomo said the Madadeni Hospital was 10 minutes away.

“The community is aware this hospital is used for emergencies and is the next point of service.”

He added: “I want our people to resist anger. They know how it works. They routinely use Madadeni Hospital.”

DA MPL Imran Keeka visited the site on Tuesday afternoon, after the crowd had already gone.

He said he would meet with the clinic’s management to receive an update on the issue.

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