Two Boys Drowned, Police Open Inquest

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Hlokomelo Mabogale |

Two families from Lemondokop village in Sekgosese in Limpopo mourns the death of two boys aged 15 and 16 who drowned in Letaba River on Wednesday.

It is alleged that the deceased, identified as Thabang Mohale(16) and Maropeng Maphoto (15) were swimming in the river until they were swept away and disappeared in the water.

Provincial Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the police were notified and a joint search operation was activated composed of the Saps Water Wing and other role players since Wednesday until Thursday afternoon, on the 18 February 2021 at about 12:30 when the two lifeless bodies were successfully retrieved.

“The cause of death is still to be determined by postmortem examination.” Said Ngoepe.

The community members camped on the river bank from Wednesday and continued to Thursday until the bodies were retrieved.

Ngoepe cautioned the communities to be extra careful and vigilant whenever they cross the flooded rivers and dams.

Furthermore “parents are also warned to take full care of their children to prevent this type of incidents to occur.”

The Police investigations are continuing.

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