Body Found: Tryna Maritz, acting Crystal Park SAPS communications officer, said police received notification of the incident just before noon from a member of the public. Maritz said two boys were swimming and two more children were standing on the banks of the water, when one of the children went under the water. She said the other boy who was in the dam tried pulling his friend back to the surface, but was unsuccessful in his attempts. The Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) Water Rescue Team, SAPS officials and the K-9 Water Wing collectively searched for the body, which took over two hours. The child’s body was recovered shortly after 3pm yesterday. Statistics of Lifesaving South Africa and the South African Police Service show that 64% of drownings in South Africa occur in rivers and dams.
Chief Albert Luthuli Extensions was originally planned as the public-owned Cloverdene Township. ith financial assistance from the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality purchased all the vacant land north of Extension 4 up to the Vista University (now part of the University of Johannesburg – East Rand Campus), later to become known as Extension 6 in order to specifically absorb priority informal settlements surrounding the Daveyton and Benoni East complexes in accordance with its Migration Plan for Area 2. This plan contains specific provision for the Gabon Settlement (3 600 beneficiaries), which is to be relocated and resettled to Extension 6 by order of the Court.