Monday, 19 April 2021

Sterkfontein: The Free State Department of Health has learned with shock that on Sunday, 18 April 2021, a 16 year old learner from one of the schools in Ladybrand drowned and unfortunately died at Sterkfontein Dam, a Covid19 Quarantine facility.

The Police are investigating the matter in detail because this unfortunate incident happened in a place where the learners were without authorization from the facility and its management.

Preliminary reports indicate that two learners went swimming without supervision and authorization. Unfortunately, 1 drowned and died and the other survived.

These learners were part of the remaining 5 learners who had been quarantined at Sterkfontein after there was noticeable increase in numbers of Covid19 related infections at the schools in Ladybrand.

The families of the affected learners were notified and the 4 remaining learners are now undergoing professional counseling.

The Free State MEC for Health, Mme Montseng Tsiu has expressed shock at this unfortunate incident and sends her condolences to the families of the deceased and all affected parties.