Nzimande calls on police to investigate student drownings in North West

It is understood Madgeline Manyama and KG Melamu were attending a Student Representative Council retreat at country venue hotel where they drowned.

FILE: Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande addresses members of the media in Pretoria on 8 March 2021 on funding discussions for prospective students for the 2021 academic year. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has urged North West police to investigate the drowning of two Orbit TVET students in a hotel pool in Potchefstroom.

It is understood Madgeline Manyama and KG Melamu were attending a Student Representative Council retreat at country venue hotel where they drowned.

Nzimande has directed officials to provide the necessary support to the institutions src members, college staff and students.

The minister's spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said: "The minister is pleased that the college management undertook to give its full support and co-operation to the investigators to determine the exact cause of this incident. Minister Nzimande urges law enforcement agencies to swiftly investigate the circumstances which led to this tragic development."