Tuesday, December 30, 2014

One Ethiopian among six drowned in Rustenberg storm

RUSTENBERG - An unidentified woman's body was discovered by police divers on Monday in the North West.

Six people drowned in separate incidents in Rustenburg, provincial police said on Monday.

This came after a weekend of wet and stormy weather. As eNCA.com's weather department reported, a tropical low brought cloudy and wet weather to the Eastern part of the country.

Police divers found all five bodies on Monday morning. During the search an unidentified body of a woman was retrieved from the stream. No woman had been reported missing at local police stations.

Four boys aged between 14 and 15, from the Yizo Yizo informal settlement in Tlhabane, were fishing in the same stream when the water swept them away and they drowned.

A 30-year-old Ethiopian man drowned in Rustenberg on Sunday after a torrent of water swept away his car, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

"It is alleged that the victim was driving along Middle Street in Rustenburg North and crossing a low-lying bridge after a heavy storm when his vehicle was swept away into a stream."

The Rustenburg Fire and Rescue Unit managed to retrieve the car, but there was no one inside.

On Monday, however, the South African Weather Service predicted clear skies for Gauteng on Tuesday.