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Two teenage girls drowned in a dam because of lack of water

The double tragedy traumatizes the family of two teen girls who drowned at a dam in Mpumalanga.

Nomswenko Malope, 18, and Loveness Malope, 15, died as they drowned in the Mabulala Dam at Masoyi, Mpumalanga on Friday trying to save each other.

The two cousins went to check on their friends, who were washing clothes at the dam, according to Loveness 's father, Enos Sibashe.

"What we have been told is that Loveness fell into water while standing on a rock.

"Nomswenko sought to save her but both drowned and died. It had pained us to see their lifeless bodies.

"As a family we are always in pain to lose our kids in one accident," Sibashe said.

"We are very traumatized; I don't even know where to start this hurts. What we know is that the two girls, whose mothers are sisters, went to their homes to look for their friends.

They were told the friends went to the dam to do laundry and they followed them there. "Members of the community told news that the dam was notorious for drowning.

"A lot of lives have been lost in that dam but people have no choice but to use it for washing because of the area's water shortage," community member Sizwe Shabalala said

George Mthethwa, spokesman for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, said the area was supplied with drinking water through water tanks that were provided at the start of the lockdown.

He warned the public not to risk their lives in the name of lacking sufficient water directly from the dam.

The water problem at Masoyi is on the plans. We worked with water and sanitation, and the catchment of water from Inkomati Usuthu.

"We brought tanks of water that people should share, especially at this Covid-19 time," Mthethwa said.

"What we can do is call on our people not to use dams which risk their lives saying that there is no water.

"Nevertheless, we give our deepest condolences to the Malope family and also call on the elders to ensure that young people in rivers and dams do not endanger their lives.

Brig Leonard Hlathi, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga police, said the police opened an inquest docket.

Hlathi also called for members of the community to refrain from using dams and rivers to either wash, swim or draw water for home use.

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