Inquiry into pit drownings

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

An urgent investigation into the pits in which three young boys died was ordered yesterday by Limpopo roads and transport MEC Justice Pitso.

Three contractors allegedly dug the pits during road construction.

The three boys - Albert Legodi, 12, and cousins Albert Thantsha, 8, and Sello Thantsha, 8, - drowned in the pit at the weekend.

The boys had gone to the neighbouring village to collect wild fruit when they, together with three of their friends who escaped unhurt, decided to swim in the water-filled pit.

Pitso and Capricorn District Mayor Motalane Monakedi yesterday visited the grieving families in Sengatane village near Polokwane to offer their condolences.

Pitso condemned the shoddy work on the road by the contractors, saying he would commission an investigation to determine why the contractors had left the pits open.

Villagers complained that there were also no road signs demarcating the place as dangerous to prevent people from falling into the pits.

"There are fines and penalties applicable in such offences.

"We will ask the contractors for a full report and we will determine the course of action to take against them," Pitso said.

The Polokwane municipality yesterday said it would assist the poverty-stricken families with the funeral costs.

Spokesman Simon Mokoatedi said officials would go to the families to determine the costs so that the municipality could assist them.