Five children were found dead in a disused freezer in their grandmother’s yard in Kakamas, Northern Cape police said on Wednesday.
Police spokesperson Major Dimakatso Mooi said the children, who were all cousins and aged between three and seven, suffocated inside the freezer.
“The children’s grandmother found them all suffocated inside an old freezer in the yard. It is believed the freezer locked accidentally while the kids were playing inside it,” said Mooi.
“The police appeal to parents or children’s caretakers to take responsibility in ensuring their children’s safety at all times.
“Children should not be left unattended, and yards must be cleared of old equipment and scraps that can cause harm to children,” Mooi said.