Congregant drowns during baptism in South Africa
A man has drowned during baptism at Groot Letaba River, Nwamarhanga, Limpopo, South Africa.
According to reports, the 27-year-old man drowned in the water shortly after his baptism on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Colonel Malesela Ledwaba (Police spokesperson for Limpopo), confirmed the incident on Sunday and identified the victim Ronald Rikhotso.
“According to the information, the church congregants led by their priest had been performing religious rituals, and after they concluded the session, one of the congregants went back to the river to collect water. The 27-year-old man, identified as Ronald Rikhotso, reportedly slipped and drowned,” he said.
Colonel Ledwaba said the police were alerted about the incident and the body was retrieved from the river by the divers from the SAPS Provincial Search and Rescue Team.
The Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe cautions members of the community to be careful and wary when using dams and rivers for any purpose including religious activities,” he said.
“The police in Giyani have opened a case of inquest after a baptism took a tragic turn when a 27-year-old male congregant slipped into the water and drowned soon after baptism in Groot Letaba River in Nwamarhanga village on March 18, 2023,”