Investigation after 2 young children and baby die, Motherwell

South African Police Service

Investigation after 2 young children and baby die, Motherwell
Investigation after 2 young children and baby die, Motherwell

SAPS Motherwell detectives are investigating an inquest following the death of three children aged 11 and 7-year-old as well as a 4 month old baby boy.

It is alleged that on Saturday, 6 November 2021, the three children accompanied their grandparents on a visit to relatives in New Brighton.

They stayed over and on Sunday, 7 November 2021, the 11-year-old girl went to the shop and bought a packet of noodles. She then cooked it and the three children ate it before leaving to go back to Motherwell.

When they arrived home in Motherwell, Sinothando Ngwendu (11) complained of feeling nauseous. Her grandmother gave her some water to drink. The other child, Olwam Ngwendu (7) also complained of stomach cramps and nausea. While being driven with private transport to the Motherwell clinic, they passed away.

Shortly after the two children left for hospital, Athenkosi Ngwendu (4 months old) also passed away while on route to hospital in another vehicle.

Sinothando Ngwendu is a cousin Olwam and Athenkosi Ngwendu.

A post mortem will be conducted to establish the exact cause of their deaths.

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