Four drown in Pretoria dam

2012-08-26 15:29

Johannesburg - The bodies of four boys were found in a Pretoria dam on Sunday morning, paramedics said.

"Tshwane Emergency Services responded this morning at 08:00 to a drowning incident close to Baviaanspoort Correctional Services," said spokesperson Johan Pieterse.

The children, aged between six and 11, had been missing since the previous night, but emergency services were only alerted on Sunday.

After an hour's search, their bodies were located in the dam.

The boys had climbed over the fence to go swimming in the 1.2m-deep dam, said Pieterse.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 15:48

    Im not blaming Im just saying.I would never go anywhere near water when I was young because I knew that by so doing I could earn myself a lot of good beating.I wonder if corporal punishment is worse than losing a child because he or she never had scars to remind them about the warnings we give them everyday.spare it spoil them.

      robqb - 2012-08-26 18:38

      I don't really feel like replying to you, even though I agree with your statement. The government banished corporal punishment, now look at what is happening with the kids. They don't listen to or respect their elders. Capital punishment was also done away with, look at the murders and rapes. The perps that get caught and sentenced have a far better life "behind bars" than the life they have at home. A roof over their heads, 3 meals a day, TV, free medical etc,etc,etc. Bring back the cane and the rope!!!!

      JackmanCJ - 2012-08-26 21:03

      Perhaps teaching the kids to swim would be a better solution to beating them senseless. All you learnt was fear...

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 21:55

      Rob absolutely infuriating indeed....Rob I hear you but remember that these are kids who probably do not have access to swiming facilities.Regardless, who said people should force their way into enclosed dams even if they knew how to swim anyway.Next time they will want to swim in dams with sewage water and how will swiming skills help us when they do.They literaly crosed the line and fear of the stick is way better than drowning to death.

  • newstwentyfour.owner - 2012-08-26 15:55

    Stupid kids!,If you can't swim don't to the dam.It happens to kids who does not listen their parents.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-26 18:35

      Hmm. Why did the parents only let anyone know the next day that their children were missing? A 6-11yr olds need watching. They know no fear and the little ones follow the bigger ones.

      JackmanCJ - 2012-08-26 21:07

      Kids need to be taught to listen to their parents, that is why they have parents. Violence only teaches a person violence.

      nasiefa.jacksonlazarus - 2012-08-27 09:17

      DONT call the kids stupid !!! kids will always be kids do what they not suppose to !! Tragic that they had to go so young RIP Little ones :(

      rainbownationrsa - 2012-08-27 12:20

      If you had gone on to the Daily news website and read the whole story, instead of this half baked article, you would know that the sewrage dam was supposed to be fenced as it is on private property which should have been fenced but that the owner claims that his fencing was stolen. The boys asked the parents to go rabbit hunting ( one claimed to be going to a friends house) not swimming so the parents cant be blamed. The boys happened to see a tube in the water and even though they couldnt swim thought getting on the tube would be safe. The tube probably flipped. This is just a sad tradgedy , if the parents had known they were going to go to the dam they would have prevented it. Instead of pointing fingers and jumping to assumptions can we not just take a moment to offer our condolences and give a thought and prayer to the moms and dads that have been devestated by this loss of very young lives.

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-08-26 15:57


  • johandebeer - 2012-08-26 18:23

    Something sounds wrong. All four drowned in 1.2m deep water? They are withholding something.

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