Heavy rains increase drowning incidents across the Limpopo province

SAPS’ search and rescue team hard at work.  Old Image supplied/ Limpopo SAPS.

By Angie Nkuna

Giyani- The South African Police Service in Limpopo are once-more warning members of the community about the alarming increase of drowning incidents taking place across the province due to the recent heavy rains.

This stern warning emanates from the recent two separate incidents of drowning, which occurred over the past weekend in Thohoyandou and in Tzaneen respectively, where two minor children lost their lives.

On the 01st of January 2019, a 12 year old boy, Itumeleng Kapa allegedly drowned while swimming with his brother and friends in a river at Mohlabaneng village, Bolobedu in the outskirts of Tzaneen.

“The police were summoned to the scene, and reacted swiftly, and then immediately started with the search operation led by the SAPS’ search and rescue team until the body of the boy was retrieved.” added Moatshe Ngoepe.

Meanwhile, on the 6th of January at Ha-Mutsha village, in Levubu in the outskirts of Thohoyandou, a 14 year old girl, Munyadziwa  Mulovhedzi was found floating in the local river.

“The police were summoned to the scene and they reacted immediately led by the  search and rescue team, the body was then retrieved from the water.

“The post mortem will still be conducted to determine the cause of death on both deceased.

“The police investigations in both incidents are still continuing.

“Members of the community, especially parents and guardians must ensure child safety at all times to prevent this type of incidents from occurring.

“They must constantly talk to their children and make them aware of the possible dangers while around dams and rivers,  including swimming without the close supervision of the professional divers.” concludes Ngoepe.


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