The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Sipho Hlomuka has warned residents across the province to exercise extreme caution when approaching large bodies of water.
This warning from the MEC comes after three incidents that were reported on Monday in the Jozini Municipality, northern KwaZulu-Natal, where three people are believed to have drowned.
In the first incident, two boys aged eight and nine in Othobothini drowned when they were swimming in the local river. In the second incident in Ndumo, a 30-year-old man is believed to have drowned while trying to cross a river. Both incidents are still being investigated by the police.
MEC Hlomuka has expressed his concern at these incidents and has appealed to parents to ensure that children are not left unattended near large bodies of water. Hlomuka has also warned residents to not cross rivers but instead use safer options.
“We are concerned with the reports that we have received and want to appeal to all residents to continue to be vigilant. Large bodies of water are very dangerous, and one must not attempt to cross a river since the strength of the current could be very strong” said Hlomuka.
Hlomuka said he has dispatched disaster management teams to the affected families to provided interim relief.