Earnest Dewa from Jika Joe was electrocuted to death on Saturday.
Earnest Dewa from Jika Joe was electrocuted to death on Saturday.

Sad scenes as three boys went out to swim in a river only to die after live wire fell in a river they were swimming electrocuting them on Saturday 28 November in South Africa.

Gift Dlamini (6), Earnest Dewa (8) and Buhlebuyeza Jili (8) from Jika Joe squatter camp in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, were killed instantly when a live wire fell into the Msunduzi River while they were swimming.

“I was called to the scene by neighbours. They told me three kids were electrocuted, so I rushed to the scene to check who it was. When I got there, I discovered Earnest was one of the three children,” she said.

“I’m originally from the Eastern Cape. I don’t know where I’m going to get the money to transport my son home. I’m unemployed,” she said.

Community leader Thembinkosi Magagula said the boys were not the first to be killed by izinyoka in the squatter camp.

“Every year, we lose a number of people to izinyoka. Sometimes, they’re kids but sometimes, they’re old people. We’re asking the government to give us proper electricity so these electrocutions can come to an end,” he said.

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KZN police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said an inquest docket was opened for investigation.

“On Saturday at about 12pm, three children aged between six and eight were electrocuted.

“Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” said Gwala.-Daily Sun

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