The Cape Navigator

Seaside Community Newspaper

Limpopo, South Africa

Tragedy Strikes as Four-Year-Old Succumbs to Choking on Marula Fruit in Kauletsi Village

Michael Hawthorne

LIMPOPO – In a heartbreaking incident that unfolded in Kauletsi village on Thursday, the 18th of January 2024, a four-year-old girl lost her life after choking on a marula fruit. The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Witpoort near Lephalale, under the Waterberg District, has launched an investigation into the incident, treating it as an inquest case.

The victim, identified as Phologo Machaba, was among a group of children engaged in play when the tragedy occurred around 7:15. Reports indicate that the marula fruit, innocently consumed during the play, became lodged in her throat, leading to a fatal choking episode.

Despite immediate efforts to secure medical attention by rushing Phologo to Witpoort hospital, the young girl was declared dead upon arrival. The Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Scheepers, expressed deep condolences to the grieving family and emphasized the need for parents and guardians to exercise constant caution.

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, SAPS Limpopo Spokesperson, highlighted the ongoing police investigation and stressed the importance of parental vigilance. “It is crucial that young children are not left unattended while consuming these fruits, as they can present a potential choking hazard,” said Colonel Ledwaba.

The tragic incident serves as a poignant reminder for communities to prioritize child safety and awareness. As the investigation continues, SAPS urges parents and guardians to remain vigilant about their children’s whereabouts and activities, especially when engaging in potentially hazardous situations. The Cape Navigator extends heartfelt condolences to the grieving family in this difficult time.

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