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The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has cautioned the public regarding the dangers associated with water in rivers, dams, and lakes. With the anticipation of hype of activities, including faith-based rituals such as baptism and traditional cleansing which centres around the use of rivers, dams or lakes, members of the community are urged to take extra care to avert drowning or even contracting water-borne diseases.
The warning comes just after floods that were experienced recently in the country. Community members should bear in mind that a lot of dirt has been swept into the rivers, dams and lakes which might cause health hazards.
Some of the rivers, dams and lakes have living creatures in them such as hippos, crocodiles etc. and such creatures might endanger human lives. Apart from dangerous creatures and sicknesses that might be contracted, there are several drowning incidents were reported in the past few weeks.
In a recent incident which took place in Mhluzi outside Middleburg on 30 March, a traditional healer and his trainee reportedly went for cleansing in the river. Sadly, both drowned and their bodies were retrieved thereafter.
As the Easter weekend began, most family members and friends will flock to different pools with their children. Parents are warned to keep a close eye on their children whilst they are enjoying, themselves to prevent drownings.
It is against this backdrop that communities are urged to be vigilant to save lives.