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Dam swallows two little friends

Dam swallows kids
Dam swallows kids

LAWRENCE “Bhobhoza” Tshwenu and Siyabonga Mabila were close friends and did everything together.

The friends died together when they drowned at Mountain View in Kopanong, Tshwane.

They drowned on Saturday, 27 February.

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From left: Lawrence Tshwenu and Siyabonga Mabila died on Saturday in a dam in Mountain View, Tshwane.

“He promised to buy me a house and car,” she told Daily Sun.

Pretty Mabila can’t believe her son Siyabonga died on Saturday. Photo by Aaron Dube

She said her son wanted to improve people’s lives.

“He was a loving child who always made everyone happy. I’m heartbroken,” she said.

Siyabonga’s mum Pretty (38) said the company that digs up sand in the area was to blame as there was no fence and guards.

“I’m heartbroken. I need answers and I know nothing will replace my boy,” she said.

Community leader, William Makhari (63), said: “We’re tired of companies that dig up sand and leave open spaces that become dams during the rainy season.”

Roads and Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo told Daily Sun: “We’ll appoint senior counsel to conduct a proper investigation which will give us facts, information and answers.

“We want to be open and transparent and make sure all factors are investigated.

“We’ll attend to it where it’s found that appointed service providers and contractors were negligent.”