A 15-year-old boy from Plumtree drowned on Wednesday while swimming with his friends in a sewage pond, CITE has established.
The now-deceased has been identified as Shaun Khuphe. His body was only retrieved from the pond on Thursday afternoon.
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Matabeleland South acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkhwananzi confirmed the incident. He said:
I confirm that we received the report of a 15-year-old boy who drowned on the 19th of May around 1300 hours.
He said the now deceased was among a group of five boys who went swimming in the sewage ponds in the afternoon.
When they arrived at the ponds, the now-deceased removed clothes and entered the ponds but he failed to swim and he drowned.
The other boys attempted to help their colleague but failed and that was when they alerted their parents.
A report was then made to the police who attended the scene.
Assistant Inspector Mkhwananzi called on parents and guardians to supervise their children. He said:
We urge parents and guardians to supervise where their children play. They should be aware of the whereabouts of their children.
We also urge the responsible authorities to see how best those sewage ponds can be secured to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.