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Two brothers drown in a dam near Marikana settlement

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A family from Marikana Informal Settlement in Philippi are crushed after the demise of their two children, who suffocated in a close by dam. 


Asanele, 13, and Mivuyo Dweni, 11, vanished under the water while playing with their companions. 


Police representative Captain FC van Wyk said the police have opened an examination agenda after the suffocating of two siblings, at around 1pm, in a dam in Symphony Way on Wednesday. 


The dam at the Marikana Informal Settlement in Symphony Way. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA) 


As indicated by reports, four young men were playing in the dam on a froth chunk, when it toppled. 


"An observer figured out how to save two of the young men at the same time, lamentably, the two other young men, who couldn't swim, vanished under the water and he was unable to discover them," said Van Wyk. 


Van Wyk said individuals from the police plunging unit were activated to look through where the siblings vanished under the water, and they figured out how to track down the two young men. 


Their distressed dad, Bomvane Siyazi, 47, said that at the hour of the episode, he was working. 


He said he got a call mentioning him to immediately go to the dam known as "Ematayareni" and, when he showed up, he was told his kids suffocated. 


Bomvana Siyazi, from Bhekela Ndilale Informal Settlement, in Philippi, is reeling after the suffocating of his two young men. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA) 


Siyazi said the two young men visited him for a vacation, from Site B, Khayelitsha, where they lived with their mom. He said he would miss their funny bone, love, and generosity. 


Siseko Mgciza, 16, who saved one of the young men from suffocating, said he was occupied with house tasks at his home with his companions, when they saw that there was smoke from a consuming house outside. 


"At the point when we went to really take a look at where the smoke came from, we saw a man standing looking towards the dam – that is the point at which we saw kids suffocating," said Mgciza. 


He said they immediately went into the water and saved one kid, sadly, they couldn't help the two youngsters. 


A people group part, Nokuzola Soci, who has been living nearby starting around 2014, said the occurrence stunned the local area. 


Soci said they have been attempting to stop kids playing in that dam, albeit some won't ever tune in. 


Common Children's Commissioner Christina Nomdo said playing is a critical right to be appreciated completely in adolescence. It was significant for development, advancement and joy. 


"Kids merit safe spots to play in their networks, under the oversight of confided in grown-ups. Governments and networks should hold hands to empower youngsters to play securely. It disheartens me to know about youngsters losing their lives since they needed to play," she said. 


One of the local area pioneers, Madikeletso Dikubo said the dam began after they constructed their homes nearby. 


She begged the City to help the local area, saying the dam could bring about more kids suffocating. 


She faulted the City for not helping the local area by getting land for them. 


Human Settlements mayoral council part Malusi Booi said it was exclusive land, in any case, a court ordered interaction to purchase the land is in progress. 


Booi said legitimate cycles were occurring for the exchange of the property, after which the City would focus on the improvement of essential administrations to the local area.

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