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A Cape Town traffic officer has saved a 3 year old girl left in a hot closed car near Grand Parade on Sunday morning.


IOL first reported on the incident and the quick-thinking of Nontsikelelo Kalimani, the traffic officer who found the little girl.

“The child was found “distressed, sweating and with her nose running” in the back of a Toyota Avanza at around 11.30am with no parents in sight, said Principal Inspector Godfray Africa.”

Officer Kalimani managed to calm the little girl down before breaking the back passenger-side window to retrieve her from the hot car, where it is believed that she spent most of the morning while her care-takers attended a church gathering.

The case is still being investigated but the reality is that the little girl is lucky to be alive.

There is no safe amount of time to leave any child in a car alone. The temperature in a car rises rapidly in the first 30 minutes, even on a cool day and children tend to heat up 3 – 5 times faster than that of an adult’s body.

If you see a child locked in a car, even if the window is slightly open, call the necessary authorities immediately.

Sources: IOL
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