Young brothers lose their home, and hours later their lives

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By Anita Dangazele

If it wasn’t enough that the family lost their home in a fire, two young brothers lost their lives while helping to rebuild their shack.

The Daniels family in Kariega lost brothers Jordeen, 13, and Christiaan, 10, when they were hit by a double-cab bakkie on Friday evening in a hit-and-run incident.

The boys were carrying zinc sheets from the remains of their shack after a fire had burnt it down to the ground that morning.

Jordeen and Christiaan died at the scene.

Their mother, Eltrisha Daniels, said the pain in her heart was too much to bear.

“First our house burned down in the morning and then in the afternoon my children were killed by a car. How am I supposed to deal with this? This is too much,” sobbed the distraught mother.

She said her boys were inseparable.

“They were always very helpful,” she said.

“Even when they were taken from us they were trying to help their father move zinc sheets from our place that had burned down.”

The boy’s father, Jerome Jonathan, said the boys wanted to be engineers when they grew up.

“They had built a makeshift go-kart themselves. They were very good with their hands,” he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge confirmed the tragic loss. 

“It is alleged the two boys were carrying zinc sheets when an Isuzu double cab bakkie drove over them. Both of them passed away at the scene.”

Beetge said the driver fled the scene, abandoning the vehicle some distance down the road.

He said a case of culpable homicide has been opened and is being investigated by the Kamesh police station in Kariega.

Pictured above: The inseparable Daniels boys built themselves a makeshift go-kart, similar to the one in this photo.

Image source: Supplied


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