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Fisherman's body found

By unknown | Jan 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The body of a man, who was thought to have been eaten by crocodiles while fishing on Sunday, has been found.

The partly decomposed body of George Baloyi, 45, of Mshonguvile-Namakgale in Phalaborwa, was found on Tuesday afternoon after a massive two-day search by the Phalaborwa and Tzaneen police and the Rescue Response Unit from Gauteng and Polokwane.

Police spokesman Chris Nel said the body was found on the banks of the Lepelle River in Limpopo.

"We acknowledge that the river is full of crocodiles and other predatory water animals, but his body was still in his clothes and shoes.

"Only a few bruises were found on his face and knees," he said.

Baloyi woke up at 6am on Sunday morning to go fishing at the dam with friends from the village.

He took his hooks and food and drove about 20km to the Lepelle Northern Water Board.

While at the dam, he felt something pulling his hook and he tried to pull it out. He unfortunately slipped into the dam and sank down into the water without a trace.

The people fishing with him thought a crocodile had caught him and tried in vain to rescue him.

Police were called to the dam and a search began. Baloyi was found at the side of the river on the third day with all parts of his body intact.

Family spokesman Thomas Rikhotso, the victim's cousin and an eyewitness, said: "We always went fishing with him at the weekend, but little did Baloyi know what this weekend held for him. Life is unfair.

"Baloyi was the breadwinner in the family and his children depended on him for survival.

"His death leaves a great void in his family, and me," he said, sobbing.

Baloyi is survived by his wife and four children.

He will be buried on Saturday in Tiyani village near Giyani.

Police have opened an inquest docket into his death.


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