Mopani district in mourning after six die during heavy rains
The Village Voice
Mopani District Municipality is licking its wounds after six people died apparently after drowning during the heavy rains.
Those who died include two kids from Tshubje village in Mashishimale 11 who allegedly died after falling into a pit toilet.
The kids died on Monday during the heavy rains.
Foreman Tshubje, who is the spokesperson of the family said: “We do not know what happened. The mother of the seven year old who is the grandmother of the three year old was inside the house when the kids went out. She was shocked when their bodies were found in a newly dug pit toilet.”
Tshubje said the whole incident has shocked the local community that is rallied around the family and gave it support.
The seven year old has been identified as Tsheamo Malatji and the three year old has been identified as Tharollo Pilusa.
A 59 year old man also drowned in the Selati River making it the third drowning incident in the BaPhalaborwa area in the aftermath of the heavy rains.
Three other cases in the Mopani district were also reported in the Greater Letaba and Greater Tzaneen municipalities.
A 9 year old died at Xihoko in the Greater Tzaneen after he allegedly fell into a pit.
In the Greater Letaba area, a grade 11 learner died on Sunday when he allegedly drowned while swimming at Mmaba River at Mamokgadi village.
In another case in the Greater Letaba area, drowning is also suspected after a lifeless body of a female person was found.
Mopani district executive mayor Pule Shayi said the Mopani district’s disaster management team is working closely with all stakeholders and remained on high alert.
He said: “On behalf of the Mopani District Municipality and the people of Mopani, we send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Our thoughts are with them as they deal with the untimely deaths of their loved ones.