NWest boy drowns in swimming pool

A nine-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Christiana, North West police said.

“Police in Christiana are investigating [an]… inquest, after a nine-year-old boy drowned in a two-metre-deep swimming pool on Sunday at 11am,” said Sergeant Kealeboga Molale.

“The incident happened at Christiana School for the Blind.”

The boy was believed to have climbed over the swimming pool fence, and had no visible injuries on his body.

He was declared dead after being taken to hospital.

Molale said police were investigating.

Meanwhile a four-year-old child burnt to death when a shack caught fire at the Witsand informal settlement in Atlantis on Sunday, said the City of Cape Town.

Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said

20 people were left homeless after their homes were destroyed in the blaze.

“It is suspected that an occupant dropped a light or [an] open flame device [fell] over resulting in the fire, said Solomons-Johannes.

The damage caused was estimated to be to the value of R36 000.