Man drowns at KZN premier’s home

2010-08-02 00:00

TRAGEDY befell the family of KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize at the weekend when a man believed to be a relative drowned at Mkhize’s Ashburton home.

The body of a 27-year-old man — reportedly Mkhize’s nephew — was discovered at the bottom of the swimming pool by a VIP unit member stationed at the home.

The Witness has learnt that the man drowned on Friday night, although the time of death has not yet been officially confirmed. The police were alerted about the drowning on Saturday at around noon.

Police would not reveal the man’s name or other details.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, police said they do not suspect foul play as the drowning seems to have been an accident.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the police were called shortly after 1 pm on Saturday after a VIP officer stationed at Mkhize’s house found the man’s body at the bottom of the pool.

The VIP officer had apparently been conducting his regular patrol on the property when he made the discovery.

Mkhize and his family live at Parkside, the premier’s official residence in College Road.

It is believed that the premier and some of his family members were attending the Vodacom Durban July event when they received news of the drowning.

The Witness understands that the drowned man lived in an outbuilding at the Ashburton mansion, where a VIP unit is stationed.

“At this stage, police can confirm that a body of a 27-year-old was found at the bottom of the pool. He was fully clothed. His cellphone was also found in the water,” said Jeevan.

Police said it was probable that the man had fallen in and that the body had been in the water overnight.

“Circumstances surrounding the death will be investigated. We have opened an inquest on the matter and a postmortem will determine the cause of death,” added Jeevan.

 

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