The little boy who was flung out of the car as it plunged down the Voëlklip lookout point with his mother and sister inside desperately sought help from a stranger…

According to a report in the City Press, a grandfather from Herold’s Bay was headed towards the lookout point with his grandkids when a terrified, bruised and bleeding child came running towards him. The child told him that his mother “did not want to live anymore” and had driven over the edge of the cliff and into the sea with his sister.

The grandfather assisted the 8-year-old, and called emergency workers for help. A number of rescue organisations attended the scene, including SAPS and the NSRI. The mother’s body was retrieved, and five boats with NSRI crew and police divers, as well as an Air Mercy Services (AMS) rescue helicopter were scouring the area for the body of the toddler on Friday.

The father of the children, Mlungiseni Dlamini was at the scene of the tragedy last week according to the George Herald, but is too traumatised to speak to the press at this stage.


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Helicopters conduct search for missing toddler
(Image source: SA Police Service

Residents call for authorities to step in

The Voëlklip lookout point may be a scenic stop for many visitors, but has become notorious for tragic events over the last few years.

  • In October 2019, Heid Scheepers and her children died after their car plunged over the edge of the cliff.
  • In January 2020, a man in his 40’s was also killed in a similar incident.

Residents of the area are now calling for authorities to secure the lookout point to prevent further tragedies. The discussions around the safety of the area began in February 2020, but little seems to have been done since then.

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