Canal drown­ings en­cour­age cau­tion

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

THE po­lice in Kaka­mas and Hartswa­ter have called on com­mu­nity mem­bers to be ex­tra care­ful in canals.

This af­ter sev­eral drown­ings oc­curred in those ar­eas.

The com­ments came af­ter a nineyear-old boy and a man in his mid-40s drowned in canals in Kaka­mas and Hartswa­ter.

A two-day comb­ing of the canals came up with the body of the nine-yearold boy from Bonita Park.

Capt Ser­gio Kock said the po­lice in Hartswa­ter had opened an in­quest case into the death of the boy.

“It is be­lieved that the boy and some friends went to cool them­selves off in the wa­ter of the canal on Satur­day when the child dis­ap­peared un­der the wa­ter.

“Po­lice divers had been search­ing for the boy ever since. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues,” he said.

MEC for trans­port, safety and li­ai­son Pauline Wil­liams has called on child safety to be pri­ori­tised, es­pe­cially as the fes­tive sea­son is on the hori­zon when young ones will be on their school hol­i­days.

Mean­while, po­lice spokesper­son Capt Fran­cois Steenkamp of Kaka­mas po­lice said a per­son be­lieved to be a sea­sonal farm worker was found dead in the canal.

“The pos­si­bil­ity ex­ists that the per­son might have been in the canal for al­most a week. There is also a pos­si­bil­ity that the per­son is a sea­sonal worker from some­where else, Steenkamp said.

“He was dressed in a blue T-shirt, blue denim trousers and was wear­ing black and white takkies,” he said.

Steenkamp said po­lice were call­ing on mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who might have a miss­ing rel­a­tive to come for­ward.

He said any­one who can as­sist po­lice in trac­ing the next of kin or who may know the iden­tity of the de­ceased is re­quested to con­tact WO Frikkie van Wyk of Kaka­mas de­tec­tive ser­vices on 054 431 0863 or cell 084 833 8590.

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