Girl drowns during school outing

2011-02-16 16:54

Johannesburg - A 13-year-old girl drowned near the Witpoortjie waterfall at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

Spokesperson Nana Radebe said the girl was apparently on a school outing when her and two friends went swimming.

The girl's body was recovered in the water by divers after about two hours of searching.

"The girls were not supposed to be swimming in the Witpoortjie waterfall - there are signs saying 'no swimming'," Radebe said.

A team was on the scene to provide trauma counselling for the girl's friends.

  • Onthou - 2011-02-16 17:02

    My condolences to her family

  • Gloria - 2011-02-16 17:05

    Where was the teachers?? Are they not supposed to keep an eye on the kids?? Swimming in a waterfall whilst on a school outing??

  • - 2011-02-16 17:43

    I have been here many times and I find it hard to believe someone actually went into this water. Besides the numerous signs everywhere which says DO NOT SWIM HERE can we really put the blame on anyone else besides the 13 year olds? Sad day none the less that another life is lost and condolences to her family.

  • Grant - 2011-02-16 17:47

    A tiny bit more info would go a long where were the teachers/where were the rest of the kids. I hate it when the article tells you no more than the heading does... :s

  • ProudofPink - 2011-02-16 18:25

    Couldn't these kids read?

  • Podgette - 2011-02-16 19:00

    The girls were 13 so I hope could read the no swimming signs and why look instantly to blame the teachers. Maybe they snuck off to have a little fun and got into trouble. Having said that, terrible thing to happen!

  • Imraan Moolla - 2011-02-16 20:31

    No one knows exact details, but apparently they fell into the river and didn't go in purposely- who would?

  • AJ - 2011-02-17 06:58

    A sign does not relieve teachers of their 'duty of care' to their charges, but unfortunately the girls did also disobey a clear warning. However they are not the first kids to do so(hence my first point), it is just unfortunate it has resulted in a tragic drowning.

      Podgette - 2011-02-17 08:09

      Unfortunately you can't police the children especially if there are many, and if they are disobedient and wander off, they are responsible as they are not little kids anymore. The solution would be not to take the children on outings if the staff cannot control them and the children cannot stick to their groups. Sadly to say, today's 13yr old is more likely to have the attitude of a 16yr old and don't necessarily listen to their teachers. Not making excuses BUT do look at it from all sides. Agree that it is unfortunate to have resulted in tragedy.

  • Kim - 2011-02-21 09:08

    Hope the teachers will be disciplined for their negligence.

  • reader - 2011-02-24 10:25

    I am the father, of the late Maryam Moosa (Adam), the schoolgirl who drowned at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 16th February 2011. As Muslims it is our firm belief that a person's death is predestined and lies only in the hands of Almighty Allah. We therefore do not intend taking any legal action against any person who may have been legally negligent in respect of this sad incident. Any rumours to the contrary should be treated exactly as such. We are heartened by the action taken by the authorities to safeguard the scene for future visitors, sad as it may be that it took our precious daughter's life for this action to occur. Our burden has been eased greatly by knowing that Maryam's death was not in vain. It should also serve as a caution to educators, parents and others in such situations. Our family is most grateful to all those who have expressed their condolences, from a wide spectrum of society and from all walks of life. Your kind words of solace at this hour of grief are most appreciated and comforting. We thank one and all. The outpouring of support from all sectors of the community; prayers by all religious groups; special services at so many schools and the role of the media has also considerably eased our pain. Finally, we humbly appeal to all, to be sensitive and to respect our privacy and to understand that this is a difficult time of mourning for us. Kind Regards, Ahmed Adam

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