A tragic incident at Amazimtoti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, claims the lives of two matric pupils from Sizathina Secondary School in Dududu. The incident struck during a school trip, as reported by Briefly. The girls, Asanda Cele, aged 17, and Zamazwide Masoka, aged 18, were part of a group of 84 pupils on the excursion.
The sad day began with a career exhibition at the Durban University of Technology before heading to the beach. Reports state that the two girls encountered difficulties while swimming at the Toti Beach river mouth and drowned. It was later revealed that they were swimming in a restricted area despite the presence of lifeguards.
Concerned residents from Waterberg Flats noticed the group and alerted lifeguards further down the beach around 3 pm. Unfortunately, by the time help arrived, it was too late, and the teenagers lost their lives around 4 pm.
In response to the devastating incident, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the school, and their classmates. In addition, Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi announced that while waiting for a comprehensive report on the incident, a team of psychologists would be dispatched to the school to provide trauma debriefing for the students and staff affected by the tragedy.
The news of the young pupils’ untimely deaths reverberated nationwide, prompting an outpouring of condolences from South Africans on various social media platforms. Many expressed their grief and shared messages of support for the families left mourning the loss of Cele and Masoka. However, the incident also ignited a debate among the public, with some questioning the decision to take a beach trip and offering mixed reactions to the unfortunate turn of events.
As investigations into the circumstances surrounding the drowning continue, the nation mourns the loss of these promising young lives. Furthermore, it emphasizes the importance of water safety awareness and regulation adherence while engaging in aquatic activities.
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