Dump truck runs over boy

11-year-old dies at Otjiwarongo dumpsite

24 January 2019 | Crime

A young boy died after a truck drove over him at a dumpsite at Otjiwarongo.

The 11-year-old boy was identified by the police as Petrus Kapuka.

Police spokesperson Maureen Mbeha said a case of culpable homicide was opened and the investigation continues.

Preliminary police investigations indicate that the boy tried to climb onto the truck as it entered the waste disposal site, but he missed the handle he had tried to grab and fell.

Mbeha said the boy landed under the truck's left rear tyre and died on the spot.

Otjiwarongo municipality CEO Ismael /Howoseb was shocked when informed of the incident.

“It is unfortunate that this has happened while we are busy erecting a fence [around the dump] and sewage ponds to prohibit people and animals from entering these two places,” he said.

He urged residents to stay away from the dumpsite and sewage ponds for their safety.

- Additional reporting by Nampa