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Father wants answers after UCT drowning

Motsiri Madiba says UCT has not given him information on how his son died in a rowing exercise.

The University of Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The father of a University of Cape Town (UCT) student who drowned during a rowing exercise says he's getting no answers from the institution.

Mosimanegape Boyz Madiba drowned after his rowing coach allegedly asked the rowing team to swim across a Moorreesburg dam.

Motsiri Madiba says the university has assisted with repatriating the body to Pretoria, but has not been forthcoming with details surrounding the incident.

Madiba has told Eyewitness News the university has not been able to give him any details information about how his son died.

"I was devastated; they said I must not ask interrogating questions, but I wanted to know how my son died."

The father says he was told no safety equipment, such as life jackets or boats, were present during the exercise and he wants to know why.

EWN put that question to the university, but the written response only states they are assisting police with the matter and thus can't discuss it further.