Police open inquest into Kakamas freezer deaths

The children’s grandmother found their bodies after they had been trapped in a freezer.

Preliminary investigations suggest the five children suffocated to death. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Northern Cape Police say no action will be taken as yet against the parents of five young children who died in a freezer in Kakamas.

The cousins, aged between three and seven, where playing in an old freezer in their yard yesterday when its lid slammed shut.

Preliminary investigations suggest they suffocated to death and their grandmother made the gruesome discovery yesterday.

The police's Dimakatso Mooi says an inquest docket has been opened.

"When an inquest is opened, it means that a few investigations have to be made before any charges can be made. We, as the police, appeal to all parents, or child caretakers, to take responsibility in ensuring the children's safety at all times."

Yesterday, two children are reported to have died after suffering from extreme heat when they were trapped inside an abandoned car in Clermont, west of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

The boy, aged three, and the girl, aged two, were playing with two other children when they were trapped in the car and fell unconscious.