Grade 2 pupil drowns in dam

2017-07-28 06:00
The dam where Tsepo Nyamende drowned.Photo: siphelele nketo

The dam where Tsepo Nyamende drowned.Photo: siphelele nketo

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SIPHELELE NKETO

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DREAMS of becoming a policeman for Tsepo Nyamende (7) from Shayamoya are no more after he drowned in a dam on July 11.

Tsepo was a Seven Fountains Primary Grade 2 pupil.

He was playing with friends in the dam, and when they got out, they saw that he didn’t and realised that something was wrong, so they called community members to assist and they retrieved his body, but he was already dead.

The dam is inside a fenced dump site in and it is suspected that Tsepo and his friends used a hole in the fence to gain entry to it.

The municipality dump site has a security guard at the entrance, but there is no one at the actual dam to chase away children who sneak in.

On March 3 the Fever published a story about another Seven Fountain Primary pupil­, aged 11, who drowned in another dam in Shayamoya.

The Shayamoya community said it is the responsibility of the municipality to ensure that dams are safeguarded against children playing in them.

A distraught Tsepo’s mother, Mathuso Nyamende said her boy wanted to be a policeman and was talented in soccer.

“Tsepo was a good child and was passionate about school. I want the municipality to close the dam or do more to guard it.”

No municipality officials have visited the family.

SAPS spokesman Captain Dumisani Ncongo said Tsepo died before an ambulance arrived at the scene. His body was taken to the government mortuary.

The funeral is to be held in Shayamoya tomorrow. An inquest docket is being investigated by SAPS.

 

DREAMS of becoming a policeman for Tsepo Nyamende (7) from Shayamoya are no more after he drowned in a dam on July 11.
Tsepo was a Seven

Fountains

Primary

Grade 2 pupil. He allegedly drowned while playing with friends at the dam.

The dam is inside a fenced dump site in the area and it is suspected that Tsepo and his friends used an gap in the fence to gain entry.

The municipality dump site has a security guard at the entrance, but there is no one next to the dam to chase away children who sneak in.
On March 3 the Fever published a story of another Seven

Fountain

Primary

pupil aged 11, who drowned in another dam in Shayamoya.
The Shayamoya community said it is the responsibility of the municipality to ensure that dams are safeguarded against children playing in them.

A distraught Tsepo’s mother, Mathuso Nyamende said her boy wanted to be a policeman and was talented in soccer. “Tsepo was a good child and was passionate about school. I want the municipality to close the dam or do more to guard it,” said Mathuso.

No municipality officials visited the family, only community members and neighbours.
SAPS spokesman Captain Dumisani Ncongo said Tsepo died before an ambulance arrived at the scene. His body was taken to the government mortuary.

The funeral is to be held in Shayamoya tomorrow. An inquest docket is being investigated by SAPS.

 

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