Khayelitsha protest 'claims' toddler's life

Western Cape police are investigating whether a Khayelitsha toddler died as a result of protests.

A toddler has died in hospital after he was injured in Khayelitsha during violent protests.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Wednesday said they are investigating whether a Khayelitsha toddler may have died as a result of protests in the area.

Nhlanhla Ngalo was injured when a Golden Arrow bus ploughed into a row of shacks two weeks ago.

The 20-month-old sustained internal bleeding and a deep cut on his hip.

The bus driver lost control of the vehicle after it was stoned by angry protesters.

Another man, who was in one of the shacks at the time of the crash, died a few days later.

The police's November Philander said, "We are looking into the case. If his death is connected to the bus crash, then we will open an inquest docket."

Another person died this week when his truck was stoned by protesters.

Several violent demonstrations have been recorded throughout the province in recent days, with shack dwellers demanding proper housing.

Meanwhile, Golden Arrow Bus Service said around 120 busses were stoned during recent service delivery protests.

Earlier in August, bus driver Sandile Hoko died when protestors stoned his bus on Mew Way Bridge in Khayelitsha.

Golden Arrow's Bronwen Dyke said their main priority was to get commuters to their destinations safely.

"Golden Arrow is extremely concerned that our buses are still being targeted in spite of the tragic consequences which took place on August 3, which resulted in the ultimately death of three innocent people."

In July, the ANC Youth League said it would make the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led province ungovernable.

The League has accused the provincial government of ignoring service delivery needs in townships.

Premier Helen Zille is scheduled to address the media on the protests later on Wednesday.