Police warn against the escalation of drowning incidents 

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Three children aged between 12 and 14 where swimming in the dam when one of them, a 14 year old boy Ntwanano Maluleke drowned. Image supplied/ Limpopo SAPS.

By Angie Nkuna

Limpopo- The south african police service in Limpopo once-more warns  members of the community about the escalation of drowning incidents that keep re-occurring throughout the province.

This warning follows three separate incidents of drowning which occurred some days back until on Saturday where four minors lost their lives.

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In November, a two year old toddler, Gundo Precious Sidogi was found drowned in a tin full of water at her home in Levubu outside Thohoyandou.

It is alleged that the little girl was playing when she fell inside the tin and died on the scene.

In another incident, two boys, Lesetja Morifi and Petrus Legodi both aged 15,  drowned in a river at Utjane near Ga-Mashashane outside Polokwane while swimming.

“The police were summoned to the scene and they responded immediately. The search operation led by the search and rescue unit ensued until the lifeless bodies of the boys were retrieved from the water.

“Meanwhile in the Waterval policing area outside Makhado, the police are investigating an inquest case following a drowning incident which occurred yesterday at Lemana Dam near Magangeni village.

“It is alleged that three children aged between 12 and 14 where swimming in the dam when one of them, a 14 year old boy Ntwanano Maluleke drowned.

“The police were summoned to the scene and, they swiftly reacted and started with the search operation led by the search and rescue unit until the body of the boy was retrieved.

“The police in the province reiterate their call to all members of the community to be extremely careful around the dams and rivers especially during this rainy season. Parents must strengthen child safety at all times to prevent these tragedies from occurring.” said Moatshe Ngoepe.

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