- Police have launched an investigation after the bodies of three children were found floating in a river.
- The children were wearing their school uniforms.
- There were reported missing after failing to return home from school last week.
Limpopo police have launched an investigation into the death of three children whose bodies were found floating in a river.
The bodies were found in the Mohlabetse River in the Dennilton policing area outside Groblersdal on Tuesday, said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
The children have been identified as Nonjabulo Ngomane, 9, Themba Ngomane, 8, and Katlego Sibande, 15.
The two siblings and their neighbour were reported missing after leaving Phooko village on Monday, 30 August to attend school. They never returned home, said Mojapelo.
"A missing persons file was initially opened at Dennilton police station, and the police immediately commenced with a search operation, assisted by community members. Preliminary police investigations indicated that the three might have been kidnapped as they were allegedly seen boarding a white Toyota Avanza. A case of kidnapping was then registered," he said.
On Tuesday, a herdsman walking along the river found the three bodies and alerted the police.
"On arrival at the scene, the three children, still clad in school uniforms, were found floating in the water and were retrieved by members of the SAPS Search and Rescue. The deceased were identified by the two families. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine how they died," said Mojapelo.
Police have opened an inquest docket, and investigations are continuing.
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