The body of a 30-year-old man was retrieved from the Olifants river after attempting to find a 12-year-old boy who was swept away by the same river on December 22.

The healer allegedly said the boy was still alive and that he needed R13 000.00 to retrieve him from the river.

The community agreed to first give him R10 000.00, but only after he brought back the child.

The healer indeed got into the river and was presumed drowned as he never resurfaced.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlalefa Mojapelo the police were called and the search and rescue team was activated. “The body was today recovered when it emerged from the shallow waters on the riverbanks” says Mojapelo.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba visited the scene and condemned the actions of this spiritual healer who performed dangerous rituals that ended his life.

The General went further and warned all community members to desist from entering flooding rivers for whatever reason to avoid drowning.

Meanwhile, the search for the 12-year-old boy from Machakaneng village who drowned during December last year is still continuing.

The human remains that were found by a fisherman in the same river on Sunday 29 December 2019 are still the subject of DNA examination.

The Police have opened an Inquest docket and investigations are continuing.

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