Two siblings recently drowned in a public swimming pool in Barberton, Mpumalanga. The siblings, June Khumalo and Elvis Khumalo, aged 31 and 33, were allegedly swimming while under the influence of alcohol. According to the police the two mysteriously disappeared during a family party that was held at Msunduka park and their bodies were discovered the next day after a long search.
According to the police spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdhluli, the two were last seen swimming, and then they mysteriously disappeared. Mdhluli said the entire family then searched for them until late at night but their efforts were in vain. He said the following day, the search for the siblings continued and just before noon, an employee at the park noticed something suspicious in the pool and it was then that the bodies of the sibling were discovered.
“Police, as well as paramedics, were notified about the incident and upon arrival, the victims were certified dead. We are appealing to the public to avoid swimming in pools and dams without adequate training and proper monitoring, and whenever they have consumed alcohol.
Mdhluli also urged parents to look after their children, especially now that schools will be closing and the rains are falling. He said dams and rivers will be full and children might disregard the danger if not monitored.