Family dies in waterfall plunge

2012-12-31 12:13

Johannesburg - A family of three died when they fell 30m down the Rietfontein waterfall in Mpumulanga, Beeld reported on Monday.

The mother and father, who were childhood sweethearts, as well as their only daughter, aged 13, were on holiday when they tried to cross the river at the top of the waterfall, on a farm 5km outside Sabie, on Friday.

The family, from Benoni, were apparently walking hand-in-hand when one person slipped, causing them to all fall down the edge of the 30m waterfall.

A farmworker spotted the mother's body in the late afternoon.

Police divers found the daughter's body around midnight. The father was found on Saturday.

They had all sustained serious head injuries.

Karen Steyn, the father's cousin, said they died together "because one would not live without the other".

Beeld named the family as Pieter and Adele Prinsloo and their daughter Shante.

  • sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-31 12:26

    Thes is very sad

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-31 12:34


      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-31 13:04

      Condolences to the wider family...

      lownabester - 2012-12-31 13:07

      Death is so much worst over the Festive season, Very tragic.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-01 14:56

      "Don't go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to."

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-31 12:27

    what people go thru during festive would probably amaze you! R.I.P

  • Kombisa - 2012-12-31 12:27

    I am sorry to hear about this tragic death. It is one of those happy moments that turn very tragic at the end. My condolences goes to the family and wish them strength at this cloudy moment. May their soul rest in peace.

  • augusto.lugoboni - 2012-12-31 12:36

    Something really bittersweet about this story. If its not road carnage taking the lives of loved ones, its freak accidents like these. Start appreciating the time you have with family because sometimes its cut prematurely short.

      0001000ghost - 2012-12-31 16:15

      Well said my man. I don't know who down voted you, but it must have been a mistake, because your words ring true.

  • cheree.cox - 2012-12-31 12:37

    Such a tragedy ... May all there souls R.I.P

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-12-31 12:44

    heartbreakin :'(

  • PointBlank - 2012-12-31 12:46

    wow, what a tragedy :(

  • siboniso.sikhumbuzo - 2012-12-31 12:47

    sad story! God be with a family. This things does happen 2 everybody.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-12-31 12:54

    Sad story, RIP

  • John - 2012-12-31 13:28

    This causes me heartfelt pain!! Rest in peace.

  • ayandam.masina - 2012-12-31 13:37

    This is very tragic May their extended families find comfort in that they all answered the call of the Lord together as one.

  • lizwe.sithole.9 - 2012-12-31 13:43

    What a tragedy! My deepest condolences to the deceased family and friends.

  • WigzellRM - 2012-12-31 13:43

    Rest in peace.

  • MUFHENI - 2012-12-31 14:22

    Oh Lord keep them safe,m touched.oh mudzimu wanga take care fo their souls need you.we praise u YAWEH!

  • cristina.salva.7 - 2012-12-31 14:30

    This is so sad..RIP

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-12-31 14:33

    very sad!!

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-12-31 14:36

    Very sad story, sweetly reported. May all RIP. My condolences.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-31 14:37

    My condolences.

  • sascha.rother - 2012-12-31 15:36

    Its sad but come on how stupid can you be walking on the edge of the waterfall? I wouldn't do it and would never let me wife or child get anywhere close to it. Sorry but just stupid.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-31 16:37

      The current above this waterfall is very swift and narrow. It is possible they were knocked unconscious before going over.

      raschid.appoles - 2013-01-01 13:28


      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-02 00:42

      @sascha Absolutely nothing wrong is with experiencing a bit of extreme. I myself did some walking on the edge while i was expecting my baby son though have to admit it has been very much risky and unwise from a side of a pregnant woman. Their mistake was they held each others hands.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 08:49

      I have to agree with Sascha; as the saying goes: people who play with fire..

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-12-31 16:16


  • Tuzmarine - 2012-12-31 16:30

    This is really sad, a lot of freak accidents happen around this time of the year, its really heart breaking, just shows us that life can end just like that, we should appreciate our loved ones in time coz we dnt kno when we can lose them, your goodbye can be your last. May God be with their families

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-31 17:02

    I bet Zuma is not to blame.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-12-31 19:18

      no, he is probably spear hunting!

  • klem.dunstan - 2012-12-31 17:33

    RIP - almost spiritual - sad for the remaining relatives

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-31 18:02

    Were they alone in the area ? What if they were getting away from other dangers , attacks by animals , unfriendly elements or so ? Life is not fair sometimes .

  • thisismyFBemailaddress - 2012-12-31 18:34

    living is the hard part, its dying that is easy. :( all my wishes to the family x

  • Leonore Engelbrecht - 2012-12-31 19:57

    Pieter's brother told our friends that they were crossing a draw bridge when it snapped. we were in school together and have mutual friends. RIP dear family.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-31 21:44

    Better off now. Who wants to live in SA...sooner or later they would have been hijacked, raped and murdered in any event. Everyone there is a sitting target with the clock ticking.Hopefully they have already been re-incarnated and are living in Australia

      charles.oosthuizen.77 - 2012-12-31 22:06

      Robert, You are a total frigging idiot

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-31 22:38

      Negative drunk piece of k..k ! What part of this article don't you understand to post a stupid comment like this ?

      sandile.dladla.7 - 2013-01-01 08:05

      Nx! Idiot-is that what you always do? Planning to kill and rape people

      diana.gill.18 - 2013-01-02 00:44

      This is a heavy case. I'd better rest it.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-01-02 01:56

      hope they kill u, get re-incarnated and live happly ever after in zimbabwe.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-01 02:29

    Walking on the edge of the waterfall was not stupid, whites are never stupid!!!

      chris.jikijela.1 - 2013-01-01 10:16

      Bt you jst made a stupid comment

      brendon.nel.7 - 2013-01-01 10:38

      Listen to yourself first. Stupid is as stupid does.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 08:52

      Sarcasm is lost on some..

  • mbambo.shi - 2013-01-01 08:46

    It is all the fault of Julius Malema or ANC.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-01 09:30

    The police must investigate.Who saw them walking hand inhand and slip? All three of them ? I suspect a fowl play

      Rammsteen - 2013-01-01 10:50

      There were fowls?

      wreford.white.9 - 2013-01-01 13:54

      Why did the chicken cross the waterfall?.....oh never mind.

      Nku Entsho - 2014-12-31 14:11

      Solly it is foul, not fowl.

  • Cappuccinno4u - 2013-01-01 12:46

    adventure is a risky hobby.. Well, dey hav fallen lyk soldiers in da midst of a war.. RIP

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 08:54


      Nku Entsho - 2014-12-31 14:11

      Hlophe stop smoking strong stuff.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-01 16:33

    So sad a start to the New Year. Strength to all family members...

  • pieter.visser.9883 - 2013-01-01 23:15

    I hope the authorities does a thorough investigation. This whole tripple death sounds very fishy to me. If this is a real accident then I send my condolences...if not, I hope the guilty get whats coming to them.

  • bond.ndalo - 2013-01-02 09:01


  • pretty.zwane.71 - 2013-01-02 09:03

    may their souls ret in peace, they are together in heaven.

  • belina.makoko - 2013-01-02 09:38

    may the almighty be with them

  • jp.slabber.7 - 2013-01-02 11:22

    Why do some people dislike comments about this???!!jeeez! R.I.P to the family of 3

  • livin.daylights.3 - 2013-01-02 12:48


  • riettevr - 2013-01-02 23:19

    I have been to that waterfall and it is very dangerous there. The rocks are super slippery. Its not open to the public and the resort owner advises caution when people want to go there. I hope they RIP.

  • boitumelo.mpele - 2013-01-03 07:04

    So sad. I fail to understand what sort of human being would thumbs down any of the comments.

  • indiana.sykes - 2013-01-03 07:51

    Seems more of a suicide mission with success.

  • kogilan.govender.3 - 2013-01-03 10:55

    Truely tragic.....however,how do we know they were walking hand in hand as stated in the article?Did someone witness this?

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