Cape Town – The Limpopo search and rescue team retrieved the body of a man who slipped into the water and drowned soon after baptism at Groot Letaba River in Nwamarhanga village on Saturday.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the 27-year-old man reportedly slipped into the water after the baptism.
“The police in Giyani have opened a case of inquest after a baptism took a tragic turn when a 27-year-old male congregant slipped into the water and drowned soon after baptism in Groot Letaba River in Nwamarhanga village on March 18.
“According to the information, the church congregants led by their priest had been performing religious rituals, and after they concluded the session, one of the congregants went back to the river to collect water. The 27-year-old man, identified as Ronald Rikhotso, reportedly slipped and drowned,” said Ledwaba.
#sapsLIM #SAPS Giyani have opened a case of inquest after a 27yr-old male congregant slipped into the water and drowned soon after baptism in Groot Letaba River in Nwamarhanga village yesterday. #WaterSafety MEhttps://t.co/xyFs4xfDS0 pic.twitter.com/Y2hWnlNWHT
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) March 19, 2023
Police were alerted about the incident and the body was retrieved from the river by the divers from the SAPS provincial search and rescue Team, he said.
Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe cautioned members of the community to be careful and wary when using dams and rivers.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe