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Body of boy, 3, retrieved from pit toilet in Vuwani, Limpopo

Pretoria – A body of a three year-old- boy was retrieved from a pit toilet on Monday at Tshino Nditwanin village in Vuwani, Limpopo police say.

In a statement police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the toddler was last seen on Sunday morning by his uncle.

“According to the information the victim is a three-year-old boy and was last seen by his uncle on Sunday morning between 7.30am and 8.30am.

“His disappearance led to the parents reporting the matter to the police. The hard-working Search and Rescue Unit, were joined by the K9 team, Provincial Search and Rescue Unit, EMS and the local police who started a search operation which culminated in this horrific discovery.

The pit toilet where the body of a three-year-old boy was found. Picture: Supplied

“The team conducted a search focusing inside the victim’s yard. This after the K9 reacted in the vicinity of a pit toilet. The members then started digging at the pit toilet after conducting tests to determine what might be inside.The body was subsequently found and was handed over to the local police,” Ledwaba said.

The incident has once again shone a spotlight on the plight of pit toilets in the province.

In 2014 Michael Komape, five, fell and drowned in a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primacy School in Chebeng Village, outside Polokwane.

The incident attracted international attention on pit toilets across the country.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe has called upon parents to be extremely cautious and to practice extra care looking after their children.

The provincial commissioner further hailed the high level of commitment as well as the joint effort displayed by all those involved in the search.

“These kind of incidents can only be avoided if we as parents, exercise extra caution and care and look after our children at all times.” concluded Lieutenant-General Hadebe.

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