Student drowns during orientation at NWU

2012-01-22 22:35

Johannesburg - A student drowned in a swimming pool during orientation at the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University, police said on Sunday.

Captain Tselane Nkala said the 19-year-old first year student was with 76 other students when he drowned on Saturday evening.

He said the group had participated in a fruit festival when they were told to clean themselves in the swimming pool.

"The other students and the conductors (sic) of the orientation did not notice that the deceased was no longer with them when they left the swimming pool," he said.

The student's body was found at the bottom of the pool when a different group of students went for a swim.

Professor Herman van Schalkwyk, rector of the Potchefstroom Campus, said the students who could not swim did not participate in the activity.

"The deceased did take part in the swimming session. We concluded from this that the student could actually swim," he said

Police opened an inquest docket.

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