By law, no child should be allowed to ride a quad bike on their own, said Mayco Member for Safety, Security and Social Services, JP Smith, on Sunday.
On Saturday, two nine-year-old boys died when the Polaris 250 Trailblazer they were riding crashed.
“Quad bikes are not street legal and may not be ridden in streets or public places. Underaged children should never be allowed to operate them,” Smith told the Daily Voice on Sunday.
He adds that action may be taken against the negligent owners of quad bikes in such instances, but this could be difficult to prove in a court.
“The problem with prosecution is that the bikes don’t have number plates or other identifying marks.”
On Saturday afternoon, best friends Abdu Dayaan Roode and Qiyaam Stemmet had apparently lost control of the large bright red quad bike they were riding and slammed into a wall of a house in Lynburg Road in Pinati Estate.
Abdu Dayaan, who was steering, died on impact, while Qiyaam, who suffered multiple head injuries, was rushed to hospital, where he later passed away.
Both the boys were buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday.
At Qiyaam’s home in Elm Road, Parkwood, ahead of his janaazah, his heartbroken boeta Ismaeel Taliep, 20, broke down in tears as he talked about the boy.
Family members and little cousins stood closer to listen, nodding their heads in agreement as Ismaeel described his little brother as a sweet boy.
Qiyaam was in Grade 3 at Fairview Primary School.
“Qiyaam was quiet, but loved to play and have fun. He would always tease everyone, especially his cousins, and was just an all-round good child. He was just a great child,” Ishmaeel said.
In Lynburg Road, Hanover Park, the parents of Abdu Dayaan had just left to fetch his body from the morgue when the Daily Voice arrived.
The road was filled with mourners who came to pay their respects.
His aunt tells the Daily Voice they are all traumatised by the boys’ sudden deaths.
“For now we are just trying to process all of it,” she said sadly.
It’s believed Abdu Dayaan was a member of the Pennsylvanians minstrel troupe.
Speaking to Voice of the Cape radio on Saturday, his father Emraan Roode said the family was battling to come to terms with the loss of his son.
The dad said he did not know who owns the bike, but confirmed that the boys were not wearing helmets upon impact.
According to Emraan, Abdu Dayaan had not previously driven the quad bike.