- A grade 3 learner went missing in a river in Durban on Friday
- The girl’s grandmother said she kept the child at home as she lacked good clothes for civvies day at school
- The 9-year-old girl went swimming with a group of friends and they confirmed her drowning upon their return
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A grade 3 learner has gone missing in the Umlazi River in Durban on Friday.
Her grandmother, Thandiswa Mvuyo, confirmed the tragic circumstances behind her disappearance.
Briefly.co.za understands that the 9-year-old girl, named Amahle, did not go to school as she lacked good clothes to wear on civvies day.
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TimesLIVE reported that Thandiswa went to visit a neighbour and told Amahle not to leave the house.
When she left the neighbour’s house to return home, she came across a grief-stricken woman who told her that a young girl had drowned in the river.
She rushed to the river where the other children confirmed her worst fears – the river swept Amahle away.
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One of the children explained to Thandiswa that she tried to pull Amahle out while holding onto a branch but to no avail.
Amahle’s mother, Zonke Mvuyo, said, "I'm still too emotional to say anything at this stage."
One of the survivors told TimeLIVE that the children watched on helplessly as Amahle cried for help as the current dragged her away.
Divers from the metro and Durban police went looking for her, along with the SAPS Air wing and K9 dog squad.
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