The Weekend's Most Shocking Stories
In this edition of the weekend's most shocking stories, extreme weather conditions take their toll, fires cause massive problems, the road carnage continues and more...
TODDLER DROWNS IN RANDFONTEIN SWIMMING POOL
A three-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool in Randfontein on Sunday, Gauteng paramedics said.
The boy fell into the uncovered pool and was submerged for some time, said Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.
He was pulled from the cold water by a bystander and resuscitation was administered but failed.
Police are investigating the incident.
TWO FREEZE TO DEATH IN ECAPE
Two people froze to death in Mqanduli and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, police said on Sunday.
The bodies were found on different roadsides on Sunday morning, Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela said.
It was believed the cold weather made it difficult for them to walk to their destinations.
One was a 44-year-old woman from the Ikhwezi township who was returning home from a traditional ceremony.
The other was a 69-year-old man.
A post-mortem would be conducted.
CANDLE CAUSED MASSIVE FIRE
A candle was the cause of the massive fire that wreaked havoc at Mandela informal settlement in Hout Bay on Sunday, killing one man, disaster management said.
"The deceased, Monwabisi Nguze, 39, was intoxicated at the time of the incident and went to bed without extinguishing a candle," said Cape Town head of disaster management Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.
He said 80 shacks were destroyed, leaving 400 people homeless. The fire, which started just after 1am, engulfed most of the residents' belongings.
Humanitarian relief in the form of food, blankets and clothes were being provided for the victims, he said.
THIRD DEFORMED BABY BORN IN ECAPE
Eastern Cape health officials urged expectant mothers to seek pre-natal care and avoid medication and traditional cures as a third baby in two months was born on Sunday with extreme physical deformities.
A baby girl was born on Thursday with no legs and arms. "Her hands and feet were attached directly to her torso," said Eastern Cape health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.
The girl died within hours of her birth.
Kupelo said this was the third incident of a baby being born with extreme deformities in the Transkei area. More than 50 such babies have been born in the past two years. Many of the babies are born as conjoined twins.
Last month, a baby was born near Mthatha with a small penis on her forehead and one eye. That baby too died soon after birth.
"It is the concern of the department especially since these are concentrated n the area of Transkei. We urge pregnant women to stop taking over-the-counter drugs and taking care in their first weeks of pregnancy," Kupelo said.
"We also urge them not to use traditional remedies."
Kupelo said the department did not know the direct cause of the birth deformities but believed an important factor was women not seeking or receiving pre-natal care while pregnant.
"We suspect they're taking wrong medication during pregnancy or traditional herbs. It's only a presumption because we don't know the real cause," Kupelo said.
He said doctors had been interviewing the women to try and pin down the cause of the deformities. They found that many of the woman did not receive or postponed pre-natal care.
"We think there is a lot happening around pregnancy and not people taking care and doing some things. they are not only a danger to their babies but themselves," Kupelo said.
TWO HURT AS KZN GAS TRUCK OVERTURNS
Two people were injured when a truck carrying gas overturned on the R56 in Umkomaas Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said on Sunday.
"The driver of the truck with a load of gas cylinders lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. He and his passenger managed to escape before the vehicle burst into flames," said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.
The two were found at the side of the road away from the truck that was already engulfed in flames. Fire fighters called in managed put out the fire.
The injured were stabilised on the scene and transported to hospital, Botha said.
TWO KILLED IN VEREENIGING CRASH
Two people were killed and another was critically injured when their car rolled on Cassino Road in Duncanville, Vereeniging, on Saturday evening, paramedics said.
"Common cause information indicates that the driver lost control of the car which overturned and rolled several times, eventually coming to rest near a tree adjacent to the road," Netcare911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said.
The accident happened near the Kopanong State Hospital, and two doctors and emergency management services personnel rushed to assist.
Two people were declared dead on the scene and a third was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
TWO KILLED IN CENTURION ACCIDENT
Two men were killed and another was seriously injured when their car left the R55 Pitts Road in Olievenhoutbos, Centurion, on Saturday evening, paramedics said.
Netcare911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said that the car crashed through a palisade fence at a petrol station and rolled repeatedly.
Two men were declared dead on the scene and a third was stabilised and taken to hospital in a serious condition.
FIVE INJURED IN KZN CRASH
Five people were injured in a three car pile-up on Higginson Highway in Chatsworth, Durban, on Saturday evening, paramedics said.
One person was critically injured and four others were seriously injured, Netcare911 spokesman Chris Botha said.
They were stabilised on the scene and taken to various hospitals.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
WATER TANKER KILLS JHB MAN
A man was killed when he was hit by a water tanker on Witkoppen Drive near the Main Road junction in Johannesburg on Saturday, paramedics said.
The man was crossing the road when he was struck by the truck, Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said.
"The force of impact saw the pedestrian thrown forward and the tanker passed over his body," said Wicks.
The man died on the scene.
FOUR KILLED IN FSTATE CRASH
Four people, including two children, were killed in an accident on the R30 near Welkom in the Free State on Saturday, paramedics said.
The driver had lost control of the car before it veered from the road and rolled several times, Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said.
"Several people had been flung from the rolling wreck. Two children and two adults were declared dead on the scene."
He said three injured people had been taken by ambulance to the Bongani State Hospital.
12 ARRESTED FOR SCHOOL ARSON
Eight women and four men were arrested for allegedly setting classrooms on fire and damaging 15 computers during service delivery protests in Bona-Bona, North West police said on Saturday.
Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the 12 people faced charges of arson, public violence and malicious damage to property.
They allegedly placed two gas cylinders in two separate class rooms on Wednesday.
"They opened them and set the classrooms alight... the staff room caught fire from the two classes and 15 computers which were in the room were badly burnt," said Ngubane.
They also set alight three water tanks.
The residents were protesting over poor service deliver in the area.
The 12 were expected to appear in the Ganyesa Magistrate's Court on Monday.
MAN DIES IN HEIDELBERG CRASH
A man died and another was critically injured when their bakkie rolled in Heidelberg on Friday night, said paramedics.
The driver was thought to have lost control of the vehicle while approaching a railway bridge, said Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.
He and his passenger were thrown from the vehicle, he said.
One of them died on the scene. The other was critically injured and was taken to a nearby private hospital.
FALLING GATES KILL TWO, INJURE ONE
Two people were killed and one was injured by falling metal gates on Friday, said paramedics.
A security guard died when he was crushed by a falling gate at a factory in the Phoenix Industrial Park in Durban on Friday night, said Netcare911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.
He was apparently opening the 300kg sliding gate when it left its track and fell on him. He was declared dead at the scene.
On Friday morning, a 32-year-old man was crushed to death when he was caught between an electric gate and a wall on a plot in Benoni, on the East Rand, said ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson.
His family called paramedics at 5.15am. They tried to save his life, but he died on the scene, she said.
A 57-year-old man was seriously injured when the 300kg gate he was standing next to fell off its rails and on top of him on Friday afternoon, said ER24 spokesman Andre Visser.
"The man had sustained a serious injury to his left leg as well as suspected back and neck injuries," he said.
He was treated at the scene and placed on spinal immobilisation equipment before being taken to hospital.
ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED IN KZN CRASH
A man died and three people were injured in a truck crash on the N2 near the King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban, on Friday, paramedics said.
A heavy goods truck overturned and came to rest across the carriageway. A light delivery truck smashed into it, said Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.
An occupant of the smaller vehicle died on the scene. A second occupant was trapped inside and had to be extricated.
He was taken to the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital with the two occupants of the other truck, who were also injured.
CHILD DIES IN CULLINAN CRASH
A girl died and her nine-year-old cousin was critically injured in a car accident on the N4 near Cullinan, near Pretoria, on Friday evening, paramedics said.
Netcare911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said the driver lost control of the car and it rolled several times.
Both girls were flung from vehicle. One of them died before paramedics arrived. The other was airlifted to the Netcare Garden City Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver was not injured.