Man drowns in Wewe River

2018-05-03 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeNelisiwe Maphumulo tries to cross Wewe River.

PHOTO: andile sitholeNelisiwe Maphumulo tries to cross Wewe River.

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ANOTHER human body was found in the Wewe River in Newtown near Tongaat recently.

A man who was only identified as Andile was crossing the river when he allegedly fell into the river and drowned.

Fishermen found his body floating in the river four days after he went missing.

According to the residents, five people have drowned while trying to cross the river in the past few months.

A resident Nelisiwe Maphumulo (41) and other parents escort their children to cross the river when they go to school.

Maphumulo who originally comes from Bhamshela, upper Tongaat relocated to Newtown in 2008 after RDP houses were given to the residents.

“I escort my two children and help them cross the river. In the afternoon I come back and wait for them near the bank of the river. The other day I almost lost my life when I tried to cross the river with my child.

“We both fell into the water and we almost drowned,” Maphumulo said.

The residents have to walk on top of the sewage pipe running across the river to get into Newtown. There is no bridge.

Another resident Dolly Zondi (49) confirmed to have witnessed people drowning in river.

“We need a bridge in Newtown. For the past 19 years living in the area, I have not enjoyed the fruits of our democracy that we fought for.

“I am concerned about the safety of my children. Another body was found recently after it was washed away by floods. Our officials should come and get first hand experiences from the residents,” Zondi said.

When the Coastal Weekly journalist visited the area on Tuesday, April 24, parents were seen waiting for their children across the river.

Councillor Dolly Munien said: “This is not on. It’s so dangerous for children being taken over this pipe. I am going to try my best to get a bridge installed at that spot,” Munien said.

Munien sent her condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives while attempting to cross the river.

“To all families who lost their loved ones, we will remember them in our prayers. My main concern now is for the residents in the area and especially for the children going to school,” Munien said.

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