Two boys drowned as they were swimming following a lightning

By Mashamba Media

The Seshego Police have opened two inquest dockets following the drowning incident that occurred on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Makgodu village outside Polokwane in Capricorn District.

At around 3:30 PM, two boys aged 12 and 13 were swimming with three other boys when they suddenly drowned.

It is alleged that in the process of swimming, there was a lighting that struck, and the two boys drowned.

The two deceased boys were later identified as Tebogo Mofumadi (12) and Boitumelo Tshabalala (13), and the other three survivors were taken to the nearest hospital for medical treatment

Spokesperson for the police, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated, and the cause of the deaths will be determined by the postmortem results.

Major General Jan Scheepers has called upon communities to be extra cautious during rainy season.

“We are aware of individuals who go into the rivers, streams for various reasons including or spiritual or religious or cultural practices.

“We urge them to be extra careful during this time as rivers and streams are overflowing. We urge parents too to take care of their children to guard against drownings.

“Parents and guardians are reminded not to leave their children to swim without supervision of the adults,” said Scheepers.

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