Saturday, December 3, 2022

Mogoditshane reports six drownings in three months

Mogoditshane Police are investigating a case in which a 13-year-old boy of Nkoyaphiri drowned in a pond while swimming at the weekend.

Police Station Commander, Superintendent Nkwebi Chilisa, confirmed the case.

He said a group of five boys, around the age of 13 years, attempted to swim in an open pond in Nkoyaphiri Ward.

He said the dead boy is a Standard Six pupil at Nkoyaphiri Primary school. The pupils are reported to be staying a few meters from the pond.

“The circumstances are that these five young fellows were from the neighborhood and they took off their clothes and got into the open pond in Nkoyaphiri. We do not know what could have happened. An alarm was raised by a fellow who was with the others and the one that actually drowned,” added Chilisa.

It is reported that there was no one at the site when the incident took place and nearby people rushed to the scene where they found the boy already dead.

Chilisa confirmed that the investigations are still ongoing.

“At this point in time we are still in consultation with the parents of the children while waiting for a postmortem report,” said Chilisa. He appealed to parents in general to always closely monitor their children’s movements particularly the young ones.

The deceased is reported to have been staying only a few meters away from the open pond in which he drowned.

Burial arrangements have not yet been announced.

Meanwhile, Chilisa said that cases of this kind are on the rise, adding that both protected and unprotected water outlets are claiming the lives of the young.

Recently, another drowning incident occurred at the Big Five Lodge and, a few months before that, four children drowned in a dug-up hole filled with water and estimated to be three meters deep and 4 meters wide.

“When the Police attended the scene, they found four children dead and three of them are reported to be from one family (two males and one female) and the fourth one was a male family friend to the other three,” said Chilisa.

He urged parents to warn their children to keep away from dug up open pits at construction sites.


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