Limpopo SAPS advice community members to be cautious after three recent drowning incidents reported in the province

SAPS search and rescue team retrieving the body of the drowned man. Image supplied/ Limpopo SAPS. 

By Accra Maweya

Limpopo- The South African Police Service in Limpopo caution members of the community about the escalating incidents of drowning around the province after three people recently lost their lives in separate incidents.

A 38-year-old man, Lucky Mathebula from the Litsitele area outside Tzaneen, allegedly drowned while fishing with his friend at Constentia farm on the evening of the 23rd of January 2019.

“The police were informed about the incident and responded swiftly as the SAPS search and rescue team was immediately activated and worked tirelessly until the body was retrieved.

“Another drowning was reported at Mokwakwaila area outside Tzaneen, when the body of a 24-year-old man, Billy Masale Ramokgopa was retrieved from the river after he allegedly slipped into the Molototsi river on Saturday evening the 26th of January while on his way back home from a local liquor pub.

“Meanwhile, in another drowning incident occurred, where the SAPS search and rescue team retrieved a body of a 33-year-old man, Thinavhudzulo Ramadzhiela from Tshitomboni village in Thohoyandou.

“The police were summoned to Luvuvhu River by community members after a passerby noticed a body floating in the water.” Concluded Moatshe Ngoepe.

Limpopo SAPS advise members of the community to be cautious while at or crossing rivers and dams, especially during the rainy season as the province experiences heavy rainfalls.