Two kids die after eating poisonous biscuits bought from a spaza shop

The community of Naledi in Soweto wants a foreign owned spaza shop to be closed after two children aged 4 and 6 died after allegedly eating a pack of biscuits bought from a local spaza shop.

It is reported that the two children bought pink-coloured cookies from one of the spaza shops operated by a foreign national believed to be from Somalia or Pakistan.

Their grandmother, Matota Khang

“We are devastated by the loss of our child and to think that we have another child fighting for his life in hospital breaks my heart. It was a terrible sight trying to revive him when he was complaining of chest pains. He literally turned pink while he was vomiting some pink and yellow stuff from his mouth. We had our hands full and neighbours came in to help and we managed to rush to the hospital only to be given the said news of the death of Neo after some time,” Khang said.

It is also understood that two more children are in a critical condition in hospital, one at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and the other at Bheki Mlangeni Hospital, both in Soweto.

Another family, is also grieving following the death of Leon Jele aged 6.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi said the police had opened an inquest docket as the cause of death was unknown pending post-mortem results.

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