Disaster Management teams located in the Nongoma Local Municipality, ward 2 on Tuesday, 15 November responded to a tragic incident where two pupils from Bombolo Primary School lost their lives as a result of drowning.
Reports received by the department indicate that the two pupils aged 11 and 12 were swimming in the Msunduze river after school.
On the same day in ward 6, a 21-year-old male drowned while trying to cross the eMona river.
As a department, we wish to convey our condolences to the families of the three victims who have suffered a tragic loss.
We also wish to reiterate our call for our communities to be cautious around large bodies of water and to appeal to parents and teachers to warn children about the dangers of swimming in rivers and undesignated areas.
The Provincial Disaster Management Centre continues to work closely with all disaster management teams to ensure that adequate measures are taken to warn communities about the dangers posed by large bodies of water, more especially with the spring in full swing.
Issued by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sihle Zikalala.