**WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT BELOW**
The clip makes up part of a terrifying internet trend that sees people playing dead.
The morbid #DeadPose trend is said to be sweeping across South Africa.
Thousands of photos have appeared online of people pretending to be dead – but one clip in particular has shocked viewers.
Bontle Goitsimang shared a video of her two-year-old daughter screaming as her sister lay “lifeless” on the stairs.
The girl’s aunt was only pretending to be dead, but the harrowing screams of the toddler has sent the clip viral online.
“This could traumatise this baby for life”
Viewers have slammed Bontle as “heartless” after the 20-second clip was widely shared.
But the mum insisted her daughter knew the whole thing was a hoax.
“My baby was in on the joke,” Bontle said.
“She knew what was going on, she realised it was a joke, I think she is laughing more than crying.
“I was filming it, it was my sister on the floor, it was all planned.
“It was just a joke, a very quick joke.”
But many have argued the little girl is too young to understand the internet joke.
“That is actually not even funny. This could traumatise this baby for life,” one viewer wrote.
But Karabo Mnisi – the 19-year-old behind the craze – said he isn’t worried about the backlash, claiming it is “no different from the ice bucket challenge”.
But instead of raising money for charity, Karabo said he wants to become South Africa’s most influential Facebook celebrity.
He has warned until he gets 40,000 followers, the graphic content would only get worse.
People are posting increasingly gory photos online – some including fake blood and guts.
Experts are warning that the craze could go too far.
Cultural and traditional expert Matshediso Mothwalo said: “Death is never funny.
“When people pose as the dead they are attracting bad luck.
“In our culture we do not allow people to pose as dead because they not only call bad luck down on themselves but on their families too.”
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