Grahamstown police open inquest after two minors drown at farm dam

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - APRIL 24, 2017
Grahamstown police open inquest after two minors drown at farm dam

Police in Grahamstown have opened an inquest docket after two minor girls, aged between six and seven years-old, drowned at a farm dam in the Riebeeck East area, Grahamstown, on Sunday afternoon.

According to the police, the children were related as their parents are siblings and lived with a grandparent.

It is alleged that another minor child, who was with the deceased, alerted an elder of the incident.

“When the local police arrived one child was already retrieved by a local member of the community and after the arrival of police divers the second child was recovered,” said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

She added that, it is believed that the children were swimming in the dam when the tragic incident took place. 

Grahamstown Cluster Commander Brigadier David Kanuka said “Words cannot adequately express my condolences on the loss of these two young children, as no amount of words can return these children to us.”

He added that, parents and guardians are urged to keep a watchful eye on children as they are drawn to explore.

“Always ensure that minors are in the company of a responsible adult and that they are supervised to avoid unfortunate tragic incidents of this nature,” concluded Brigadier Kunuka.