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Boy (8) drowns near East London

Police divers recovered Sinothando Mevana's body from the Buffalo River on Wednesday.

FILE: Police divers search a waterway. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Police have encouraged parents to educate their children about safety precautions, following the drowning of an eight-year-old boy near East London.

Police divers recovered Sinothando Mevana's body from the Buffalo River on Wednesday.

The victim accompanied two others on a fishing trip the previous day and is believed to have slipped and fallen into the water.

The police's Mluleki Mbi says: “It’s very important that parents are aware of the whereabouts of their children, especially closer to the rivers and beaches. There must always be adult supervision. We’re approaching the festive season and we’re trying to avoid any loss of life, especially those of our children.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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