Two more drowned victims found in river

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

MONTSHO MATLALA

An elderly man who went missing on Sunday was found drowned in the Nwamedzi River outside Tzaneen in the Mopani district late on Tuesday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said the man was Piet Bejani Ngobeni, 70, of Nwajaheni village in the Nwametwa area near Letsitele.

“The man was seen by villagers floating in the river on Tuesday.

“They called police who helped residents retrieve the body.

“On Wednesday last week, the body of a 12 year old boy, Strydom Chauke, was also retrieved from the same river,” Ngoepe said.

Police have urged villagers not to cross rivers in the province because they were still overflowing from recent torrential rains.

Spokesperson for the department of cooperative governance, human settlement and traditional affairs, Dieketseng Diale, yesterday said at least 12 people lost their lives due to floods last month.

“According to our records, two people are still unaccounted for. On the other hand, contractors who have been appointed by the department to rebuild the houses for flood victims are hard at work.”

The areas that were severely flooded were the Vhembe and Mopani districts.

This week, Musina local municipality mayor, Caroline Phiri, joined workers in repairing roads eroded by the floods.

Musina was the hardest hit by floods after the Limpopo River, a natural between South Africa and Zimbabwe, burst its banks.

Spokesperson for the provincial roads and transport, Joshua Kwapa, said: “Most of our roads are still damaged.

“Every working day our cost centre workers, in yellow overalls and yellow trucks, go out to repair potholes and small bridges damaged by the floods.

“There are however big bridges which are damaged and need about R76m to repair.

“We are still figuring out on how to raise enough funds (to rebuild the bigger bridges),” he said.

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