Boy drowns while playing in Cape dam

2012-10-26 17:22

Johannesburg - An eight-year-old boy drowned after he fell off the polystyrene board he was floating on at a dam in Joubertina, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Shaune Shane-Dee Witbooi was playing in the middle of Die Kampie Dam with three other children when the board tilted, and he fell in, said Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"None of the children could swim and by the time help arrived, Witbooi had already drowned," she said.

Naidu called on parents to keep a close eye on their children and not to allow them close to dams or rivers.

"The water levels of some of the dams and rivers are still very high and dangerous to cross over or swim [in] after the recent heavy rains," she said.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

  • sagin.verity - 2012-10-26 17:27

    Your kid cant swim but you let him play in a dam unattended?

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-26 17:49

      This is what i hate about some parents.Why allow a child into a dam without wearing a life vest?? These are the same people who allow their children to STAND inside a moving vehicle and stick their heads out of the sunroof.The government needs to met out harsher punishments to these stupid parents.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-26 18:14

      Joubertina is in the Langkloof, "Apple Valley". The parents work from dusk 'till dawn ...... Condolences to the bereaved.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-26 19:13

      Apologies .... Dawn to dusk

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-26 20:02

      If you've ever lived in a rural area, it's not as if the dam is right outside your window. And kids will be kids. You can tell them 7 million times "don't go into the dam" but once they're off with their friends they forget all about that.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-27 06:47

      @omo- a life vest in "die kampie dam" in Joubertina is about as likely as a speedboat in the sahara- these poor people doesn't even know what a life vest is

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-26 17:51

    tragic will be kids and water is always an attraction on a hot day- sympathy to the parents

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-10-27 04:16

    Kid is better off sorry to say but he honestly is. SA is a hell hole.He is in Heaven now.

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