Inanda Dam gives up MK chairperson’s body after eight days

2013-01-15 00:00

THE body of an Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) regional chairperson was found at Inanda Dam yesterday after an eight-day search.

Police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge confirmed that the body of Nduduzo Mdletshe was found after a search by a police search and rescue team.

“A post-mortem will be conducted. The family will be briefed accordingly,” Mdunge said.

He praised the efforts of the police divers and dog handlers for the efforts they had put in while searching for the body since last week.

MKMVA provincial chairperson Themba Mavundla, who was at the dam at the time, said Mdletshe, chairperson of MKMVA Jerome Langa, was found at about 4.30pm.

“He was found almost the same time he drowned that Sunday.”

“We are relieved that he has been found because it is sad that people who drown here are usually never found,” Mavundla said.

Mdletshe drowned in 22 metres of water on Sunday last week while swimming with MKMVA friends.

They had been water-skiing behind a boat belonging to Lungelo Radebe.

Since his drowning his family and MKMVA friends had been at the dam daily while the search continued.

The family spent Sunday night at the dam, hoping his body would rise after being told that it could do so after seven days, according to Mavundla.

In a show of support, MKMVA members had even brought their boats to assist in the search. Some left the dam as late as 10 pm.

An MKMVA member and businessman bought a boat with a special scanner to assist in the search last Thursday.

Another MKMVA member, Afrika Majola, brought his two jetskis and Radebe also lent his boat to the search.

Sizwe Gumede, owner of Gumede Protection Services, said the cameras in his boat filmed underwater to a depth of about 60 metres.

Gumede said he had brought the specialised boat because Mdletshe had been his best friend for 29 years.

“We grew up together; we skipped the country together and did military training together,” he said.

“We did so many things together to a point that our families are so close.

“In all our difficulties in life we were together,” said Gumede, who had earlier vowed to stay at the dam until Mdletshe’s body was found.

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