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Another young boy drowns in flooded trench in Hammanskraal

Another family in Hammanskraal are reeling in shock after their son drowned in a flooded trench left unattended by a contractor hired by the City of Tshwane.  The death of Tshiamo Hleza, 9, was reported in the wake of the fatalities of three boys who drowned while swimming in a trench on Saturday in the township.

Tshiamo Hleza

The latest tragic incident took place on Monday at about 10am in Extension 10, when two boys were washing their hands with water from the trench and slipped inside.  One of them was luckily rescued by resident Buti Mkhabela, who lives a stone’s throw from the scene.

The survivor was rushed to a local hospital, where he was admitted for medical treatment.  Mkhabela ran to the trench upon hearing someone screaming for help.  “The one who survived was struggling to get out of the water when I got there.

“The one who died was trapped in mud inside the trench, and it was difficult to reach out to him. When I got there the one who is in hospital was trying hard to rescue his friend,” he said.

The emergency services personnel who were called in arrived quickly, and certified one of the children dead.  Hleza’s husband Sonnyboy Malaka, who was also visibly grief-stricken, said his wife had been in bed since she received news of the death of her son.

Malaka was away when his son left home, accompanied by one of the local boys.  His sister Dimakatso Hleza said the family was told about the incident soon after it happened, and she went to the scene.

However, she said, her mother was too weak to go there and was still unable to speak about it.

“We are deeply hurt by the death of my brother. Maybe if they had filled the trench on time my brother would still be alive.

“Maybe if they had put up danger barriers the children would not have fallen into the trench,” said Dimakatso.

She remembered her younger brother, who was in Grade 3, as a quiet person and said he was fond of dancing.

“He wanted to be a musician. He liked marimba music too much,” she said.

Mayor Randall Williams blamed an external contractor who was working on a housing project for the City, saying legal action would be taken against those responsible.

“Upon arrival at the scene it was discovered that the site had not been adequately secured, nor were there barriers in place.

“I consider this to be negligence on the contractor’s part as it is clear the contractor did not take the necessary precautions to ensure that there was adequate access control to the site,” Williams said.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the affected family for their tragic loss.

“Words cannot convey the sadness and grief which they must be feeling at the loss of this young boy. May peace and comfort find them,” Williams said.

Meanwhile, MMC for Community Safety and Emergency Services, Karen Meyer, said she had written to Acting Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo requesting answers on the alleged faulty equipment used at the drowning incident on Saturday.

“This comes following allegations by the community that the Gauteng Provincial Ambulance Service, which were the first to arrive on the scene, showed up with defective equipment,” Meyer said.

Three Boys Drown after Heavy Rain

The bodies of three boys were found in an incomplete stormwater trench in Hammanskraal on Saturday.  It is believed that the children, two 10-year-olds and one nine-year-old, were found in the trench which had accumulated water after the heavy rains that lashed parts of Gauteng over the past 48 hours.

The circumstances surrounding the tragedy were still unclear, but authorities confirmed the bodies were discovered by bystanders.  Emergency Services from Tshwane and police will investigate the incident.

Throughout Gauteng mop-up operations were underway following localised flooding and damage caused by overnight rain. “Incidents of flooding were reported to the Tshwane Emergency Services Call Centre related to the heavy rains experienced in various parts of the city on 20 November 2020. No loss of life or injuries were reported as a result of the heavy downpours. Major traffic backblocks, flooded roads and bridges, vehicles stuck in water, uprooted trees, and flooded houses were reported in various parts of the city,” said emergency services in a statement.

Police launch investigation after teen drowns in public pool

A 13-year-old boy was confirmed dead at Meyerton Public Pool on Sunday, following a fatal drowning accident. Police arrived on the scene yesterday to assess the ‘mysterious circumstances’ that claimed the teen’s life.

Paramedics arrived at the public pool early in the afternoon. Attempts to resuscitate the boy proved futile, and CPR efforts fell short. The Meyerton facility is now under a SAPS investigation, as authorities search for much-needed answers.

ER24 were the first responders on the scene. They confirmed a number of details about the drowning and revealed that police arrived at the public pool shortly after the boy was confirmed to have passed away.

“A boy, believed to be 13-years-old, was declared dead following a fatal drowning at a pool in Meyerton on Sunday. When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 13:30, they found lifeguards performing CPR on the boy. Paramedics continued with the CPR, but unfortunately despite the efforts of all involved the boy’s vital signs rapidly diminished.”

“Unfortunately, he was declared dead at the scene shortly afterwards. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics, but police were on the scene for further investigations at the Gauteng public pool.”

ER24 Gauteng statement on the drowning of a young boy at Meyerton’s public pool

As the summer months emerge this season, public pools will be used more and more frequently. A country that has gone eight months in lockdown wants to get out and maximise the opportunities that weren’t available earlier in the year. However, this incident in Meyerton serves as a timely warning for youngsters all across South Africa.

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