Dad intends suing City of Tshwane after son drowns
THE distraught father of one of four Mamelodi boys who drowned on a City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality property at the weekend believes the owners should be charged with murder.
Remember Mosoma, 11, a Grade 4 pupil at Buladikgoro Primary School; nine-year-old Nkosinathi Masilela, a Grade 3 pupil at Rethakgetse Primary School; Mpho Mamabolo, also aged 9, a Grade 2 pupil at Emasangweni Primary School; and his cousin Nthapeleng Laka, 11, a Grade 5 pupil at Koos Matli Primary School, were last seen alive by their families on Saturday morning when they went on a hunting expedition in Kameeldrift near the Baviaanspoort Correctional Management Centre.
Their bodies were retrieved from a dam at Tshwane's Baviaanspoort Waste Water Works plant by police divers on Sunday morning after a local hunter spotted two dogs and bundles of clothes next to the dam.
Remember's father Shaun Nesane, 40, of Phase 3 Mamelodi East, yesterday said he was seeking advice with the intention of taking legal action against Tshwane for having failed to put a fence around their property.
Nesane said: "They failed to provide security and signage in various languages. Had they done so, our children could still be alive because they could read."
He confirmed his son and friends used to go hunting with their dogs, "but I did not know they were going that far".
Nthapeleng's mother Susan Laka said she last saw him on Friday night when he went to bed.
"He left on Saturday morning while I was still sleeping. I was concerned on Saturday evening when I returned from work and found him still not at home," she said.
She searched for him at friends' homes and later alerted the Mamelodi and Cullinan police, who searched for the boys with local residents. The hunter led them to the dam. The dam is filled with murky water used for watering crops.
According to the manager of the Baviaanspoort Waste Water Works, Mossie Mostert, thieves stole the fence and signage.
"In my 17 years here, the fence around the property was stolen and replaced four times. People remove signs prohibiting trespassing."