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Cause of UCT student's drowning still unclear

The student allegedly drowned after his rowing coach asked his team to swim across a dam.

University of Cape Town. Picture: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - The exact circumstances surrounding the drowning of a University of Cape Town (UCT) rowing club member at a Moorreesburg dam remain unclear.

The university has launched an investigation and police have opened an inquest docket into the death last month.

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

But the father of the late 19-year-old says he feels the university's response has been inadequate.

The UCT Rowing Club's president Jonathan Dempster would not divulge any details around the incident except to say that he knew the late 19-year-old man.

However, there is no mention of the former astrophysics student's death on the rowing club's Facebook page.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk could also not provide any more details around the incident.

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.

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