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By unknown | Dec 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The devastated family of Sthabiso Freeman Ndebele, who "mysteriously" drowned unnoticed in a pool at a hotel in Botha's Hill outside Durban before Christmas, is calling for the closure of the resort.

The name of the hotel is known to Sowetan.

Ndebele, 25, worked as a decorator at the hotel for four months before his untimely death on December 17.

His mother, Tryphina Ndebele, 62, believes her son did not drown but that he was "pushed".

The medical report shows his death was "consistent with drowning". But while the family accepts this they wonder how a grown-up man could go swimming with three others and drown with no one noticing it.

"They told us that he was swimming with two white men and an Indian when he drowned," the distraught mother said. "But we are not convinced. How can someone as old as he was just drown?

"They killed my child."

She said when his body was pulled out of the water he was still wearing all his clothes.

"Those who were with him did not report the incident until one of the girls working there saw his cellphone near the pool and asked them where he was. "Only then did they report him missing."

The hotel compensated the family with R5000. The management was not available for comment.


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