TOM BURKE — The 41 year old Victor Roger Melamu died on Sunday afternoon 4 March around 17:00 while he was allegedly fishing in the Mogol River on the farm Zandpan in the Speculatie area.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena from Lephalale Cluster, Victor, his brother Abraham and a friend, were crossing the river to get to a sand bank when he, according to bystanders, “disappeared” under the water. Mokoena says his brother tried to save him, but the water was “spinning” and he couldn’t get hold of him. The incident was reported at Tom Burke SAPS.
Mokoena says Lephalale SAPS was contacted by Tom Burke SAPS and a search and rescue team met with them at the scene to look for Victor’s body, but while they were there they allegedly saw a huge crocodile and hippos circling in the area. The team withdrew as it was too great a risk for them to go into the river.
According to some of the land owners in the area, they are aware of one exceptionally huge crocodile in the area and that fishermen should be aware of the fact that this part of the river is not suitable for fishing. “It is far too dangerous”, they say.
According to Mokoena, an uncle of the deceased, Ephriam Mmutlana, alleges that the police was on the scene, but his impression was that they did not intend to investigate the incident further. He is very unhappy about the way the police handled the matter.
Mmutlana could not be reached by the time of going to print.