Woman (76) and boy (9) killed by crocodiles near Thohoyandou

LIMPOPO – This follows two separate incidents in which an elderly woman and a minor were killed by crocodiles in the Thohoyandou Cluster this past weekend.

“This brings the recent tally of crocodile attacks to three, following the one in Lephalale where a man got drowned in the Mogol River, outside Lephalale, which is populated with crocodiles and hippopotamus,” Ngoepe added.

Read more: Search for man who drowned aborted due to hippos and crocs in the Mogol River

According to police spokesperson, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, a 76-year-old woman’s body was found floating in the the Nandoni dam on Friday, 9 March. Her body was surrounded by crocodiles.

Ngoepe says police had to throw stones to scare the reptiles away and her body was then retrieved. Preliminary investigations revealed that flesh from both hands, legs as well as stomach were eaten by the crocodiles.

Meanwhile, a nine-year-old boy was caught and killed by a crocodile in the Mutale River Tswera on Sunday, 11 March.

A group of boys were swimming in the river when a crocodile caught him. The other boys rushed to the village to inform the elders who responded immediately and on their arrival they found his lifeless body floating in the water and then informed the police.

Ngoepe concluded by saying that investigations into both matters continue.

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Raeesa Kimmie

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