Toddler drowns in a family's pond

Death paid a cruel visit to Mahetlwe village recently, when a 16-month-old toddler drowned in a small pond in his family’s backyard.

According to sources, Bofelo Lesole’s lifeless body was found by his devastated grandparents, who were having tea when they realised their grandson was missing.

The young boy had been playing with two of his cousins, both aged four, in the lead-up to the tragedy.

Sources in the tiny Kweneng District settlement, told The Voice that Bofelo’s grandmother, Pere Lesole, 57, originally went to check on him but could not find him.

The child’s grandfather, Kgosipula Ketlhogile then went to search in the backyard, where he discovered Bofelo floating limply in the pond.

Confirming the sad incident, Molepolole Criminal Investigating Department (CID) Assistant Superintendent, Albert Mfanyana, revealed the family constructed the pond to fetch water for consumption.

“The pond is about a metre deep and was not covered. After finding the boy inside, they hastily took him to Mahetlwe Clinic. He was referred to Scottish Livingstone Hospital where he was certified dead by the doctor upon arrival,” stated Mfanyana.

Bofelo is said to have regularly played in the pond, which unfortunately on this occasion still contained rainwater.

The police boss further revealed that no charges will be lodged against the grandparents, as there was not intention to kill or cause harm.

Bofelo has since been laid to rest.

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