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Media statement: Two learners drown at a public swimming pool - (Sharpeville)

16 February 2016 - Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) - Two school children sadly lost their lives due to drowning at a public swimming pool in Sharpeville. During the morning hours of yesterday, 15 February 2016, the boys aged 17 and 14 from Thabo Vuyo Special School were amongst a group of other learners who visited the Emfuleni Swimming Pool. Led by their female teacher, the group entered the facilities unauthorised, unfortunately this event ended up in tragic death of two learners. 

Whilst there is an agreement between ELM, Swimming South Africa and various schools including Thabo Vuyo to provide swimming lessons for learners, this programme runs only between Tuesdays and Fridays.

Our facilities are officially open from Tuesday to Sundays. During this time, swimming instructors and lifeguards are available to supervise safety and rescue swimmers when the need arise. Every Monday of the week, the facilities are closed for maintenance. The reasons for yesterday’s unauthorised entry are unknown. The matter is currently under investigation with the SAPS.

Emfuleni Local Municipality wishes to express sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the Thabo Vuyo School. As a Local Council, we regret the events of yesterday and urge the community members to visit our facilities during the allocated dates and times.

For further inquires contact ELM Spokesperson Mr Stanley Gaba (0835017818)

Issued by: Anita D Sehlabo
Acting Assistant Manager: Media Relations
Communications Department