Soweto Children Deaths: Spaza Shop Biscuits Leaves Furious Community Demanding Justice

Soweto Children Deaths: Spaza Shop Biscuits Leaves Furious Community Demanding Justice

  • Soweto residents are demanding justice after two children died and others fell ill from biscuits bought from a spaza shop
  • Gauteng police say they are investigating the cause of the children's deaths and urged the community not to take matters into their own hands
  • The horrific deaths have also struck a chord with citizens across the country and they voiced their anger on social media

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Soweto residents furious angered by boy's death
Soweto residents gathered in front of a Spaza shop. Image: @Kommander_Josh
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JOHANNESBURG - Naledi residents in Soweto are in uproar following the deaths of two young boys, ages five and six, at a local clinic.

Tragic Soweto incident sparks community outrage

Two other children were hospitalised after allegedly consuming biscuits purchased from a spaza shop owned by foreigners on Sunday.

The community gathered in front of the spaza shop earlier and they demanded the immediate closure of the shop.

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Ongoing police investigation into children's deaths

Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi, spokesperson for Gauteng police, has stated that an investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, reported SABCNews.

Nevhuhulwi said the community members had issued threats to loot and burn the spaza shop.

However, the police stopped the angry community members and warned that such actions could jeopardise evidence.

SA disturbed by spaza shop related deaths

Check some of the comments below:

Molly Naidu said:

"So sad indeed.Maybe expired stock."

Kennethius Lesedi Les Mautso stated:

"Labour and Municipality health inspectors do not do their jobs anymore, brown envelope is finishing the nation."

Relebohile Lekoele Mokoena mentioned:

"The law must be enforced that's all, people who are responsible must be held accountable."

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Mgedezi Yoli wrote:

"We know where the biscuits were bought."

Letshwara Genie-Lee Sekoto posteed:

Where's the owner of that shop? As community we wanna discuss something with him or her."

Philani Dube said:

"Where were the biscuits manufactured? Start from there. The source is important."

Da Ville added:

"Ummm this is so painful."

Soweto community finds dead bodies of 2 missing boys, Mzansi rocked by discoveries: “We are in a nightmare”

In another article, Briefly News reported that community members in Soweto made horrifying discoveries in two separate locations. Two boys aged five and six years old were discovered murdered in the south Johannesburg township.

The children were allegedly seen playing together on Wednesday, 19 April, in the street near their homes when they went missing.

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Source: Briefly News

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email: