Tuesday, October 19, 2021

School children drown in sand mine pit

A seven-year-old Standard One student at Letsholo Primary School and his five-year-old friend, a pre-scholar at the same school, drowned in an open pit in Kopong while swimming. 

Mogoditshane Acting Police Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent Albert Foda, told The Telegraph that the two boys were accompanied by other children who always played in the sand mining pit, but the two youngsters were unfortunate as they drowned.

Foda said that there were six swimmers but four survived, three of whom receiving medical attention at Kopong Clinic while one was sent to Princes Marina Hospital.

One of the deceased was recovered by Kopong villagers while the other was recovered by BDF scuba divers who came soon afterwards.

Foda said investigations on incident are still ongoing.

Kgosi Michael Molefe of Kopong said the incident is not the first of its kind to happen there.
“This is the third time but we have reported the open pit to the relevant authorities who seem negligent in their duties,’ he said, blaming authorities for dragging their feet on dealing with the dangerous open pit.

The area Councillor, Patrick Ganamotse, agreed with his Chief, saying that have long informed the Department of Mines who never responded to their plea.


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