Two people drowned during baptism

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Two baptismal candidates drowned in the Masetheko dam under Maleboho policing area on Sunday 19 June 2022. A Pastor was reportedly busy conducting a baptismal ritual in the said dam when four people who were to be baptised fell into the dam. One of them managed to swim out. A woman was rescued and the remaining two drowned.

Lieutenant Mamphaswa Seabi of Limpopo Police said the two bodies were retrieved by divers from the SAPS Search and Rescue Unit on the same day at about 16h30. The deceased were identified as Elvis Ramakgaphola (21) and Michael Rampa (29) of Mohodi Ga-Manthata village.

Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has once more highlighted the potential dangers associated with stagnant water in the rivers and dams and warned community members about the alarming situation of drowning incidents taking place in the Province, especially during religious activities.

Two cases of Inquests have been opened and police investigations are continuing.

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