Cameraman's son drowns in floods

2010-12-17 14:34

Johannesburg - A documentary cameraman's 4-year-old son drowned when the Groot Marico river burst its banks after the recent heavy rains across the country, North West police said on Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi confirmed that Daniel Black's family was on holiday at a resort near Bronkhorstfontein when their chalet was flooded and three of the five family members were swept away by the river at midnight on Wednesday.

Black's wife and another child, 18, managed to escape the flood waters pouring into the house after the door was opened, by climbing onto furniture.

Metsi said Black held on to his 4-year-old boy as he and his 12-year-old son clung to trees to prevent being swept away.

The father and his small son became separated and at noon on Thursday rescue services found only him and his older son holding on to trees in the river.

"Police searched and the body of the 4-year-old was found a few kilometres away from the resort at 14:00."

  • Viparo - 2010-12-17 14:41

    Shame man.

  • mazwi.sthe - 2010-12-17 14:47

    so sincere condolonces to the family/.And once again, poor reporting, we are not interest in the death -we want details and who the person is and what really happened at first hand. Please News24, get new reporters for 2011. I am so sick from teis half-baked reporting!!!!

      manner - 2010-12-17 15:12

      mazwi botho boile kae ,goreng o sena taba le leso no parent deserve to go through this being a presenter or not doesnt make it any different. incase you are still wondering bangwe ba lelapa ga baso tsebiswe

      smallwhirled - 2010-12-17 15:23

      You are messed-up man. You have a point though, when you see the headline, you want to know who the presenter is. On another note, isn't interesting that Lieutenant-Colonel Lesego Metsi(metsi meaning water) is the police spokesperson for this case.

      GT - 2010-12-17 15:28

      Dreadful. That is just the worst thing that could ever happen to a parent. MAzwi - it is called respectful reporting. Not all family have been informed, so the right thing to do is report the incident, not the names. Go to the hairdresser or buy a YOU magazine if you want gossip.

      neli.vilakazi - 2010-12-17 15:31

      Mazwi, perhaps its because those details have not yet been released. Did you consider that?

      Belinda - 2010-12-18 07:34

      Thank you GT for defending our privacy. The Black family

  • UncleShep - 2010-12-17 14:52

    This is sad

  • marizempublishers - 2010-12-17 14:54

    Worst thing that can happen to a parent.....our thoughts are with the family...

  • marizempublishers - 2010-12-17 15:00

    @mazwi.sthe WTF man??"we are not interrested in the death"??Have a heart, irrespective of who the person might be!Idiot!!

      gilliansan - 2010-12-17 15:13

      Couldn't agree more!!!

      BAH - 2010-12-17 15:29

      Agreed. It is absolutely tragic. I have a 3 year old and a 7 year old. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish if your child slips from your grasp and drowns. It doesn't matter who it happens to. I would just like to express my heartfelt and very sincere condolences to the family and I really feel sad for your loss. I know words are just empty and meaningless now but I just have to say it even though I do not know who you are. It must be the ultimate sadness to experience the loss of a child. @mwazi. A child drowned in a raging torrent, slipping from the grasp of his father. It is the stuff of nightmares! Maybe they have enough to deal with without their identity being made public and I respect the journalist for doing that for them. They need family and close friends now. If you are close you would know by now. If not leave them to grieve and deal with this.

  • nhla.prv - 2010-12-17 15:13

    Oh ! this is so sad ..My Sincere condolences to the family.Rest in peace young man !

  • sindililitha - 2010-12-17 15:16

    that is so sad. My condolsecences to the parents and the family. I would not wish that to happen even to my worst enemy. Sindi Msongelwa, UK

  • alicia - 2010-12-17 15:25

    I am sobbing my heart out. What a terrible way to loose a child. One is always lost for words under such circumstances. How to comfort such a great pain and loss. My heart goes out to the family. May God in His Mercy, comfort you. May your son Rest in Eternal Peace. I am so very sorry.

  • darkwing - 2010-12-17 15:27

    Shame. A holiday turned into a nightmare. Condolences to the family. Scary to think how quickly the power of water can overwhelm us humans.

  • JustinD - 2010-12-17 15:39

    Very sad, condolences to the family

  • nomvulat - 2010-12-17 16:16

    i lost my child in july this year, i know how painful it is to loose a child, mine fell in boiling water (she was in a care of a nanny), i am not over her death yet its been 5 months already, May the soul of the little angel rest in peace, GOD PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF OUR KIDS......WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

      BAH - 2010-12-17 16:55

      Now I am crying again! If words can hurt me like this as a stranger I cannot imagine what you have gone through and are still going through. I am hurting with you now.

      Snoopy88 - 2010-12-18 00:26

      I'm so sorry for your loss... I can't even think of what to say.. I'm a mom too and when you become a mom, its as if all the children of the world are yours too. Wishing you strength and love. God bless.

  • Valkerie - 2010-12-17 17:49

    My sincerest condolences to the family. My heart goes out to you, and hope that you will find the strength to continue in spite of this tragedy.

  • em_oh! - 2010-12-17 20:10

    So very tragic Heartfelt sympathy

  • Joanna - 2010-12-17 22:21

    I am the aunt of the young boy and sister to Daniel Black. I am living in Ireland. This tradegy has rocked the family. It is a living nightmare and words cannt describe how we all feel. Our love goes to my brother, his wife and his children. God look after them and my nephew.

      Snoopy88 - 2010-12-18 00:33

      Dear Joanna, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I hope that you will find a small bit of comfort in knowing that people all over South Africa are grieving with you during this very, very sad time. God has called his little angel home.

  • Faerie - 2010-12-18 02:59

    Oh ! How dreadfully sad. What can anyone say to console the parents and family ? No words can express their loss. Heartfelt condolences to the family and I pray that you will receive the strength from above that you need at this time of sorrow.

  • Faerie - 2010-12-18 03:17

    Dear Joanna, My heartfelt condolences to you as well. As mentioned by Snoopy, when one is a mother & grandmother it is really as if all the children in the world are yours. We all feel for your sorrow and may God hold you all in the palm of his hand.

  • Doug - 2010-12-18 12:22

    My heart goes out to you and your family. There is nothing worse than losing a child.

  • Mr.Glum - 2010-12-18 15:09

    Our sincerest condolences to the Black family and also to you Joanna. No parent should lose a child. This is so sad and unimaginable. We will also remember you all in our prayers. @mazwi.sthe. I trust that after reading some of the comments you do realise the blunder you’ve made – an apology perhaps? (including News 24)

      Darren - 2010-12-18 18:08

      Thank you Mr.Glum I am Darren Black I am 15 not 12 years old and all our family wants is an apology and that this report be retracked we are in enough pain already as it is so please leave our family alone the memories of that flood and that morning is horrible enough please just leave us in peace please iv just lost my lil brother its really hard enough as it is please everybody :(

  • Belinda - 2010-12-19 10:12

    I've been told that you have published a retraction but can not see it. Let me know where it is!!!! I will not tolerate this invasion of our privacy and insensitivity and stupidity! You have no right to do this to people. If this does not bother you, I pray that God will forgive you. I can not! I promise you will regret ever crossing me!

      Mr.Glum - 2010-12-19 12:41

      Dear Belinda, please take heart. It is clear that you are very upset and I pray that you and your loved ones find all the peace that you need while grieving. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the news article itself and News24 did not do anything wrong by publishing it– how else would we have learned of the incident, enabling us to share your grief and give support through prayer? This is reporting and this is how the world works - unfortunately. Looking at mazwi.sthe’s comment, he did express condolences, but then bluntly switched to a sensational remark and he probably did not think before he wrote and I was immediately offended when I read his comment. I think the problem here lies with the news24 moderator. People use the comments here to express their condolences and any other comments should not have been published. The door, however, is open for idiots to air their opinions, but if the moderator does his/her job properly, these would not be posted. No crime was committed here and the incident is not related to politics, racism, crime, fraud, etc., thus, leaving no room for sensationalism, debate, or snooty comments. Perhaps News24 should consider keeping articles of this nature closed for commenting at first, unless the moderator screens it properly to prevent added stress to an already traumatized family. This morning I read of another tragic child death where a child drowned in a bucket of water while the drunken mother was sleeping. I wanted to comment immediately, this time out of rage, but decided to ponder over the article for a while.

      Darren - 2010-12-19 13:44

      There is a crime here there are facts that have been let out that are wrong the police were not aloud to give out this personal information i sat there and while giving our statements to the police we all balled our eyes out this is not fair that this policeman gave out this information without our consent and also News24 is not aloud to release any names what if we hadn't told my aunt Joanna just yet and she read this huh then what? They had never phoned us either to ask if they are aloud to release this information the only people we signed with that they are aloud to is the Beeld no one else so yes they have broken the law.

      Mr.Glum - 2010-12-19 14:04

      Thanks for sharing this Darren, us readers are not aware of these issues.

      duits - 2010-12-20 15:04

      Hi Belinda Our deepest condolences with the loss of little E. May God give you and your family strength and guidance in this terrible trying time.

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