Student drowns in Unisa pool

2010-02-23 00:00

A UNISA student drowned in the institution’s swimming pool at the Langalibalele Street campus on Sunday evening.

Andile Madondo (19) is alleged to have been swimming with a friend at about 8 pm. It is not clear why they would have done that as there is a “no swimming” sign at the pool.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said witnesses to the incident pulled Madondo out of the water, but when paramedics arrived he was already dead.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Nicker confirmed the drowning. He also confirmed that swimming in the pool is prohibited.

He said investigations at the scene revealed that the two decided to take a swim and dived in.

When the friend realised Madondo had not surfaced, he immediately shouted for help and a security guard dived in and found Madondo at the bottom of the pool.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.

“A postmortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death. Police were informed by campus management that swimming in the pool was prohibited as the pool was under renovation,” Naicker said.

Attempts by The Witness to get comment from the institution were unsuccessful as the management was said to be attending a meeting in Durban. The investigations continue.

This is the second drowning at an institution of higher learning in less than a month. Recently a young man from Dambuza in the greater Edendale area drowned in a pool at Cedara Agricultural College when he and his friend decided to take a dip in a murky pool where swimming is prohibited. The young man had been playing soccer at the grounds in Cedara.

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