Body found after car plunges into Hartbeespoort Dam

The body of 37-year-old man from Pretoria was found in the Hartbeespoort Dam on Tuesday morning after his car crashed through a barrier on the Randburg bridge and plunged into the dam on Saturday night.

Police and the NSRI had been searching since Saturday night.


Robert Ganyani Bila’s body was found shortly after 09:00 after rescue workers and police divers had been searching since Saturday night.
According to Arthur Crewe of the NSRI at Hartbeespoort Dam, they received a call around 23:30 about a vehicle in the dam.
“When we arrived at the scene, the man’s wife was already there. His vehicle was tracked through a tracker device. Police divers and members of the NSRI and SRU (Strategic Response Unit) searched the dam throughout the night and continued on Sunday and Monday. The thick hyacinth blanket made the search very difficult,” he said.
According to information, the man was talking to his wife on his cellphone around 20:00. She then lost contact. His location was found through a tracking device.
His wife drove to the spot to search for him. A truck of Big D Towing from Brits drove past and stopped, offering assistance. The truck driver spotted the car in the dam and alerted the police and various security services.
Police spokesperson, Captain Aafje Botma said the deceased is originally from Bela Bela and was living in Atteridgeville during the time of his death. Police are investigating an inquest case.