Tebogo Msimanga |
The body of a 16-year-old boy was retrieved from the dam at Mgobodi following the recent floods that have hit hard in the areas of Nkomazi Municipality. SAPS divers and the community are still searching for others who are still missing, suspected to have drowned.
Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said on Wednesday 15 February 2023 at about 18h00, the Police from Tonga were called to Mgobodzi after the community members retrieved the body of the young boy from the dam.
“According to the information, the boy and his friends went to the dam to cool off. It is alleged that when his friends realised that he was no longer coming out of the water, they went and reported to the elders. Community members managed to retrieve the lifeless body of the boy and then alerted the authorities”. Mohlas said the medical personnel, unfortunately, certified him dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela warned community members to refrain from getting closer to rivers or dams whenever possible as they are currently full, more so with the rains that were still experiencing recently.