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.