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Crocs may have eaten boy (12)

The crocodile-infested river is the village's only source of water

A MISSING teenage boy is feared dead and is suspected to have been eaten by a crocodile while fetching water from a river at Tshivhilwi village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo.

It is alleged that the victim, Mpho Mugwena, 12, fetched water with two friends in the local Mutshundudi river on Saturday when he was dragged under the water by a giant crocodile.

The crocodile-infested river is the village's only source of water.

Captain Mashudu Malelo said they received a report from members of the community that the boy had gone missing, while his two friends claimed he had been dragged into the river by a giant crocodile.

He said the police had so far not opened a case but if the boy were to be confirmed dead an inquest docket would be opened.

"The boys were fetching water when the crocodile allegedly pulled the victim under water. The two boys escaped unhurt and informed their parents," Malelo said.

Community leaders and the victim's family blamed the incident on poor service delivery, saying the community was exposed to such attacks because they had no water in their taps.

The civic association's deputy chairperson, Patrick Ramarada, yesterday confirmed that their search for the boy was unsuccessful.

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