Four chil­dren drown

Eyethu Baywatch - - FRONT PAGE - Or­rin Singh & Thando Ndlovu

THE bod­ies of four pri­mary school learn­ers were dis­cov­ered by Em­pan­geni SAPS Search and Res­cue per­son­nel on Mon­day af­ter­noon at a dam in Mab­huyeni.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports the Eyethu Bay Watch ob­tained at the scene, one of the learn­ers, who ac­com­pa­nied the four but did not swim, alerted mem­bers of the com­mu­nity after he wit­nessed the boys drown­ing.

Among the chil­dren were a set of twin brothers, Ayabonga and Ay­athaba Mthembu (10), Qin­iso Mchunu (6) and Asanda Dube (11).

The Mthembu brothers as well as Mchunu at­tended Man­zam­pofu Pri­mary School while Dube at­tended Lubane Pri­mary School.

Ac­cord­ing to the mother of the twins, Siza­kele Ma­haye, a teacher at the school which her sons at­tended, she had left her boys at home in the morn­ing and told them not to leave.

Ward 7 coun­cil­lor, un­der the uM­folozi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Thama Khu­malo, alerted the Em­pan­geni SAPS Search and Res­cue crew who were im­me­di­ately dis­patched to the area and searched the dam us­ing a stan­dard div­ing search method.

All four bod­ies were dis­cov­ered in close prox­im­ity un­der ap­prox­i­mately two me­tres of wa­ter.

A large crowd of com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered around the dam, among them, some of the rel­a­tives of the boys.

Richards Bay NSRI, uMh­lathuze Fire and Res­cue, KZN EMRS and lo­cals SAPS mem­bers were among the res­cue per­son­nel that as­sisted with the search and re­cov­ery of the bod­ies.

Or­rin Singh

Em­pan­geni SAPS Search and Res­cue ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers of Fire and Res­cue and NSRI Richards Bay, re­cover the first two bod­ies shortly after 2pm on Mon­day af­ter­noon

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