Three school children found floating in the Mohlabetse River in Limpopo on Tuesday had been in school before they died.
The siblings Themba Ngomane, 8, Nonjabulo Ngomane, 9, and the neighbor Katlego Sibande, 15, was reported missing on August 30th after going to school and not returning. August] announced that they had not come to school for two weeks, “said the father of the Dumisani Ngomane siblings.
The family had not noticed anything unusual in these two weeks, he said.
< p> “Your routine was normal. I wonder when they showed us homework, did the older one write for them? For the whole two weeks they came back with homework, but we didn’t notice whether the handwriting belonged to the teacher or the older children, “he said.
” What happened is very painful, because the school did not report to us that the children had spent two weeks without classes. If the school had reported [this] we might have seen it coming, ”he said.
Police spokesman Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said an investigation had been opened.
He said a The The missing persons file was first opened at Dennilton Police Station and the police, with community support, began a search.
“Preliminary police investigations indicate that the three may have been kidnapped when they were seen allegedly carrying a white man Boarded the Toyota Avanza. “He said.
One kidnapping case has been recorded.
He said a shepherd walking along the Mohlabetse River found the three bodies floating in stagnant water on Tuesday .
“On arrival at the scene of the crime, the three children, still dressed in school uniforms, were found swimming in the water and rescued by members of the police search and rescue unit. The deceased were identified by the two families, “he said.
Ngomane said that after spending Sunday (August 29) with his children, the last time he saw them was when they went to school on Monday .
He said his older child, who is enrolled, was traumatized by what happened.
“My child collapsed at school after hearing the news had.
“What I have in front of me is very painful. I lost two of my children and it stabs me in the heart, it hurt me very much. My wife still has a hard time dealing with it. She is not doing well, ”he said.
The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the death. He said autopsies would be done to determine the cause of death.
Family friend and neighbor Mandla Mabona said a friend of the older child who died revealed they were interacting with a foreigner in the area, who later disappeared.
Social Development MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale said the department is concerned about the increasing number of missing persons in Limpopo.
“It is worrying to hear about this gruesome incident, who saw us lose three children after they were reported missing in the area. We are beginning to see cases of missing people raising an ugly head in the province, a trend that we must all fight back and not allow, ”said Rakgoale.
The department dispatched a team of social workers who provide psychosocial support to the families of the deceased children.
“It is our responsibility as government and communities to ensure that children are safe and protected at all times,” said Rakgoale.
Tiva said social workers were with the Raphasha family while the search for their children continued.