By Rivoningo Mathebula
A 15-year-old Soweto high school boy Nhlanhla Ndlela has died after drowning in a dam in Fleurhof, Roodepoort, under bizarre circumstances. The incident happened on Monday, September 13.
After a search operation that was conducted by the Joburg Emergency Management Services and the SA Police Service, his lifeless body was found yesterday morning, 14 September.
It reported that the two-day search begun on Monday evening and the rescue team managed to discovered the body on Tuesday.
It is said that, the area and the dam are often used by the Sangomas and African spiritual churches for cleansing purposes, which gives rise to the speculation that the boy could have stumbled on bad luck.
The Father of the victim Siphiwe Zondo said that Nhlanhla was his only son and he is relieved that his body has been found, although it is hard to lose him.
“I’m trying to remain strong but my heartaches. It’s been a two-day search. I was hopeful that we would find him alive the first day, but I knew the second day we would not be so lucky,” he said.
“Nhlanhla’s death comes at a bad time financially. We are barely meeting our daily needs and now we have to scratch deep in our pockets for a burial,” said the boy’s guardian, Themba Mathunjwa.
Colonel Lefa Tsotetsi, police spokesperson has indicated that an inquest docket has been opened with the Florida police and the boy’s death investigation is underway.
“This area and this dam is a hot-spot area for crime and African spiritual rituals. Many people perform a baptism in this water, while walkers are robbed and murdered,” said Police spokesperson Tsotetsi.