Family search for boy’s body

2012-12-07 00:00

AN eSikhawini councillor has urged community members to keep away from the Port Durnford beach after a child drowned there this week.

Thirteen-year-old Sandile Mgenge’s sister watched him being dragged into the ocean by a big wave on Tuesday. His body has not been recovered.

Councillor Bhekumuzi Mthiyane said: “We understand that it is the festive season and everyone enjoys being at the beach, but we ask everyone to keep away from the beach until the municipality intervenes.”

Mthiyane said this was not the first time a child had drowned at the remote beach, which has no lifeguards.

Sandile’s aunt, Qhamu Mkhwanazi, said: “We do a search every day on the beach, even though the police are doing their part. We would like to receive more assistance.

“The thought of not being able to give him a proper burial frustrates us.”

Sandile, like many child­ren his age, enjoyed playing football and drawing. He was a Grade 5 pupil at Mhlanga Primary School and aspired to become a teacher.

Mkhwanazi said Sandile went to the beach with his sister, Sanelisiwe, and a friend, as usual. “Sanelisiwe said they had a swim and when it was late, they decided to return home. On their way home Sandile changed his mind and went back for a swim, despite being told not to,” said Mkhwanazi.

Netcare911’s Chris Botha said there have been eight drownings reported in KZN this week.

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