When matriculants return to school on 1 June, 18-year-old Kagiso Modise will not be joining them.
That's because this Ga-Khunwana Secondary School learner drowned in a river in Khunwana Village outside Delareyville in the North West on Thursday.
His family said he had just left home when they were called and alerted that his body was floating in a nearby river that the community normally draws water from.
His uncle, Mogorosi Manyedi, said Modise's death left the family devastated as they had expected a lot from him once he had completed his studies.
“He was a very intelligent child. Even at school he was performing well. Kagiso was currently in matric and he wanted to further his studies to become a lawyer,” said the sobbing uncle.
Manyedi added that the said river was notorious for taking lives.
“In a period of twelve months, Kagiso is the third person to have drowned in this river. It is well known even in the previous years that people drown in this river,” he said.
North West Police spokesperson, Colonel Adel Myburg, said an inquest has been opened.
“According to information available to us at this stage Kagiso allegedly slipped and fell into a quarry at Khunwana village. This quarry was filled with water. His body was retrieved by community members and police were informed about this incident,” said Myburg.
This is the second drowning incident in a space of seven days in the province. On Sunday four-year-old Onthatile Ribani drowned in a sewerage at a school outside Mahikeng.