Boy (8) and girl (5) drown in Brits canal

Two children, aged five and eight, drowned in an irrigation canal at Bokfontein near Brits on Thursday.


Police spokesperson Captain Aafje Botma said according to a five-year-old eye witness, three children were playing next to the irrigation canal around 13:00. A boy, Blessing Mmolotsi (8) and a five-year-old girl, Simphiwe Moloi went swimming and disappeared under the water.
Community members recovered the body of the boy a few kilometres downstream at a retaining wall later on Thursday afternoon.
Police divers were called to the scene and continued the search for Simphiwe. Her body was found in the canal on Friday.
An inquest is being investigated.