The father of a two-year-old baby who died on Tuesday when a bookcase collapsed on him at a Bedfordview crèche has accused the preschool of negligence in advance of Gauteng MEC Matome Chiloane’s visit.
Kganya Mokhele was in a classroom at the Little Ashford preschool with other children and staff when a toy-filled bookcase toppled on him.
According to Bedfordview and Edenvale News, personnel were able to remove the bookcase and take the wounded toddler to another room where first aid could be administered.
Kganya, who was due to celebrate his third birthday next month was transported by ambulance to Linksfield Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the local news site.
A heartbroken Ntaote Mokhele, who spoke to newsmen accused the preschool of negligence for failing to properly secure the shelf.
“He reached out to fetch something (from the shelf). They displayed toys for them (children) to fetch and play with. Any child could have reached out to take that toy or whatever and it could have fallen on anyone,” the child’s father said
The MEC expressed his sadness about the loss at the crèche.
“We wish to convey our condolences to the family, friends and school community,” he said.
The MEC is scheduled to visit the crèche on Wednesday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the terrible incident.