A seven-year-old from Turflaagte in Bloemfontein drowned after attempting to cross over a flooded area on her way home from school on Tuesday.
According to a police spokesperson, Sinah Mpakane says “The child was coming from school on Monday morning because it was raining that day, the school allowed them to go home earlier than usual. The mother, who normally goes to fetch the child from school says that when she arrived at school, the child had already gone home. Along the way, they are supposed to cross on top of the culvert as the bridge that side is still under construction. The little girl then fell into the water and drowned. The water washed her out few meters from where she fell.”
Meanwhile, community member, Edward Sehloho, who lives in a house right in front of where the tragedy occurred, says that the community has told the ward councillor numerous times of the flooding that occurs in the area after heavy rains because of the depression in the land. He adds that it is not just the flooding that is an issue but also that vagabonds use the area as a hideout place for smoking nyaope, theft and mugging. He says it happens often that young children are trapped after heavy rains and this is the second incident a child dies from such.
Executive Mayor of Mangaung Municipality, Olly Mlamleli has expressed her sadness over the passing of the child on her Facebook page.
The family of the young girl would not comment on the matter as they said they would like to deal with it as a family, with no involvement with the media.The funeral will be at the family home at the Kopanong area next week Saturday.