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Geysdorp residents up in arms with police over drowned boy's body

Monday 20 March 2017 21:07

Sellwane Khakhau

The police's diving unit is being hampered by a shortage of skilled staff.

The police's diving unit is being hampered by a shortage of skilled staff. (SABC)

Residents of Geysdorp near Delareyville in the North West accuse the police of delaying the retrieval of the body of a twelve year old boy who has drowned at Nesser dam in the area.

The boy was out with his four friends when the boat capsized.

The body of a twelve year old boy has been in the dam for more than 24 hours. His friends were all rescued, but he hasn't been found.

One of the survivors explains what happened, saying: "We found white people drinking alcohol. They threw a vessel in the water and said we could take it, and we did."

He says the man then attached the vessel to his boat and rode off with them in tow. "One of us fell in the water, then the white man swerved the vessel and we all fell off."

The family of the missing boy is desperate for his body to be found.

"I plead to the police to help find our child. We can't find him," says uncle of the missing boy, Pietrus Mogapi.

Concerned residents have been here since this morning, hoping to see the child again or at least his body being recovered.

They're also hoping for a thorough investigation from the police.

"As community members we are very concerned about the incident because we think that the police failed us," reveals community leader, Jack Molale.

The police's diving unit is being hampered by a shortage of skilled staff.

No case has been opened for investigation yet.

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