We would like to dismiss posting on social media platforms that police in Mmabatho could not and refused to remove the body from a sewer drain

NORTH WEST – We can confirm that an Inquest docket has been opened for investigation after a 4-year-old boy fell inside a sewer drain on Sunday, 2020 at approximately 12:00 though the matter was only reported to the police at about 14:28. The sewer drain is inside Sejankabo High School premises in Mocoseng village, outside Mahikeng.
Subsequent to assessment of the scene by the police including a diver and local Fire Services officials, it was concluded that there was a need for diving services of which the team thereof was assembled to remove the body the following day (Monday 2020). However, members of the community had a different view and demanded that the child be removed immediately, thus ignoring the danger associated with the exercise. The body was ultimately removed after a member of the community designed a wooden apparatus which was finally used to search and bring up the body which was then removed from the drain.
While we are committed to provide services to the community, it is also important that each situation is assessed to avoid more and unnecessary loss of lives. Depending on the situation, specialists, and in this instance, divers were recommended

Source: South African Police Service