The South African Police Service in Limpopo are sending a warning message to the public to refrain from crossing the flooded rivers, streams and dams. This warning comes after several people aged between eight (08) and seventy three (73), lost their lives recently, especially young boys, in the Vhembe, Waterberg, Sekhukhune and Capricorn Districts. Five(05) drowned people are still missing, including a 14 year old boy who drowned at Ga-Mochemi village in the Senwabarwana Policing area outside Polokwane, today, on the 12 February 2021. The search operations are still underway.
The Police are continuously receiving calls from members of the community whom their loved ones are swept away by the flooded rivers, streams and dams. The Saps Water-Wing(Divers) is hard at work to the best of their ability to retrieve all the drowned people accros the Province, since January 2021 up to date.
The Police are worried by these incidents because since the beginning of this rainy period (January), there is an escalating trend throughout the Province. We are therefore appealing to the public to avoid swimming in or crossing the flooded rivers, streams and dams. Parents are also warned and urged to take care of their children especially that schools will be reopening as many rivers and streams are still full and flowing heavily.
Members of the community are further advised to be vigilant and extremely cautious when crossing the law level bridges especially in cases where the bridge is covered by the flowing water, not to allow children to swim in the dams and rivers unsupervised and to avoid unnecessary walkings when it is heavily raining.