Teenager becomes third person to drown in perilous KZN quarry
22nd Sep 2021
When his mother scolded him for not washing his school uniform, 15-year-old Jabulani Ngcobo needed to cool down, so he went for a swim in a nearby quarry – but was overcome by the water and drowned.
“It’s unbelievable that my nephew died like this. He left the house when his mother reprimanded him. And the next thing we are told is that he had drowned,” said Jabulani’s uncle Msizi Ngcobo.
Jabulani’s family are devastated by his death, which has rocked the rest of the rural village of Ingwavuma, north of KwaZulu-Natal.
However, the tragedy did not come as a surprise to the residents of the village, as Jabulani is now the third person to drown in the perilous quarry.
“Maybe he is the third person to die there. We always warn people from swimming there, but they don’t listen to us,” said his uncle.
Jabulani was with his pal when he had difficulty swimming in the quarry.
His friend ran to Jabulani’s house to tell his mother about the drowning.
His family and a few neighbours rushed to the quarry, but all attempts to resuscitate Jabulani bore no results.
“Seeing his lifeless body still haunts me every day,” said uncle Msizi.
A community leader, Sihle Sibisi, pleaded with the government to build a fence around the quarry.
“A fence will be the only way to stop from going to the quarry,” said Sibisi.
The provincial police confirmed the incident and an inquest docket has been registered.
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