Boy drowns in Langa

2020-01-23 06:01
Langa swimming pool has been closed since the drowning.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Langa swimming pool has been closed since the drowning.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The Langa Swimming pool has indefinitely been closed pending an investigation into the death of an eight-year-old boy.

The tragic death happened on Monday 13 January. It is believed that Ovayo Sukwana died while having fun with his friends at the pool. His death sent shock waves in the community and to his family.

A distraught mother, who did not want to be named, said it is painful losing a child like that. “I do not even know where he got the money to pay so he can go to the pool because he never got it from me. He knew I did not like him going there,” she said.

She said even though she has been stopping her child from going to the pool he still went throughout the December holiday.

“I don’t understand why he would drown now when he has been going there the whole of December,” she said.

She said her son was going to start Grade 3 the same week he died and that she does not know what she is going to do with the stationery she bought.

Langa police spokesperson Capt Nondumiso Paul confirmed the drowning. She said police were informed of the incident last week. She said when they arrived at the scene they found the body of an eight-year-old boy next to the pool.

“It is alleged that the boy was swimming in the deep side of the pool which is where he drowned,” said Paul.

She said the lifeguards did not pick up the drowning because there were lots of children in the pool.

Paul added that they have opened an inquest docket.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said at the time of the incident there were three lifeguards on duty. He said the facility was closing and lifeguards were stationed at the pool deck, ushering patrons out of the water.

He said Sukwana’ friend told a senior lifeguard that his friend was struggling underwater. The lifeguard pulled the boy out and gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Although the boy had a slight pulse and vomited, he later died.

Badroodien said the swimming pool has since been closed to allow time for an investigation.

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