Flo­a­ting bo­dy found in Knys­na dam

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - S­te­fan Goo­sen

Knys­na re­si­dents we­re a­lar­mingly re­min­ded of their wa­ter woes this week w­hen news of a bo­dy found in the to­wn’s Ak­ker­kloof Dam o­ver the wee­kend sur­fa­ced by Mon­day 3 Sep­tem­ber.

A cou­ple of lo­cals ex­plo­ring the a­rea a­round the dam ma­de the gru­e­so­me dis­co­ve­ry on Sun­day 2 Sep­tem­ber at a­bout 11:45 and im­me­di­a­te­ly no­ti­fied po­li­ce.

Nar­dus Ra­de­mey­er and his friend Carl S­ch­mall we­re just co­ming to the end of so­me 4x4 ad­ven­tu­ring a­round the dam w­hen they stop­ped to de­acti­va­te the diff lock on their vehi­cle and no­ti­ced w­hat they e­ven­tu­al­ly i­den­ti­fied as a flo­a­ting corp­se. “We we­re shoc­ked - w­hen do you e­ver walk a­round a dam and find a bo­dy li­ke that?” Ra­de­mey­er related on Mon­day.

‘I got clo­ser and saw hair’

At first, said Ra­de­mey­er, he thoug­ht it mig­ht ha­ve just been so­me flo­a­ting, dis­car­ded clo­thing w­hen S­ch­mall poin­ted the stran­ge ob­ject out to him. “But the clot­hes we­ren’t bund­led up in the wa­ter li­ke you mig­ht ex­pect, they for­med the shape of a bo­dy. As I got clo­ser to the ob­ject and saw hair, I knew im­me­di­a­te­ly it was the back of so­meo­ne’s he­ad,” he said.

The next thing that ca­me to his mind, he said, was he­re was so­meo­ne’s fat­her, brot­her or son just flo­a­ting in the wa­ter. “How can so­meo­ne do this to a­not­her per­son?” He ad­ded that mo­re i­tems of clo­thing – a­mong them a jer­sey or jac­ket – we­re found a­round the a­rea and that a smell had star­ted e­ma­na­ting from the corp­se.

As­ked if Ra­de­mey­er could no­te a­ny­thing i­den­ti­fi­a­ble a­bout the bo­dy – w­het­her the per­son was ma­le or fe­ma­le, its ra­ce or age – Ra­de­mey­er plain­ly said, “No, I didn’t e­ven want to tou­ch it.”

Dam a sour­ce of drin­king wa­ter

As most re­si­dents know by now, the dam in which the bo­dy was found – the Ak­ker­kloof Dam – is one of the to­wn’s sour­ces of drin­king wa­ter. The dam is fed by the G­le­be Dam and runs off in­to a ba­lan­cing dam w­he­re it is sub­ject to a tre­at­ment pro­cess be­fo­re it is dis­tri­bu­ted to re­si­dents.

W­hat dan­ger does this corp­se in the wa­ter then po­se to the pu­blic who con­su­mes this wa­ter dai­ly?

Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty said on Wed­nes­day 5 Sep­tem­ber in its re­spon­se to the Knys­naP­lett He­rald’s que­ries, that the corp­se “has no im­pact on drin­king wa­ter”. It ad­ded that, ac­cor­ding to in­for­ma­ti­on sup­p­lied by po­li­ce, the bo­dy was found in “c­lo­se prox­i­mi­ty” to the dam.

“The­se mat­ters are not related, we sug­ge­st that you con­tact the po­li­ce for furt­her in­for­ma­ti­on,” it con­clu­ded.

Ac­cor­ding to po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Ser­ge­ant Chris S­pies, the Knys­na de­tecti­ve branch has o­pe­ned an in­quest doc­ket and a post­mor­tem would be held la­ter this week to de­ter­mi­ne the cau­se of de­ath.

As­ked for furt­her in­for­ma­ti­on re­gar­ding the de­ce­a­sed’s ap­pea­ran­ce and if foul play is sus­pected, S­pies said he could not pro­vi­de any furt­her in­for­ma­ti­on.

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