A young couple have died in a fatal road accident after their car plunged into a river in South Africa.
A young couple identified as Thabang Tladi and Kate Ramoshaba died on Sunday morning when the car they were driving in plunged into the Chuniespoort Dam along the R37 outside Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Monday, New24 has reported.
|Kate Ramoshaba died in the tragic accident alongside her husband|
The police were alerted by a fisherman on a boat who witnessed the incident. The fisherman told police that he saw a Toyota Tazz drive into the water at a high speed, Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe’ Ngoepe said in a statement.
Ngoepe said the bodies of Thabang Tladi and Kate Ramoshaba, both aged 19, from Lebowakgomo Township has been retrieved from the vehicle. The motive behind this incident is unknown but domestic violence is not ruled out, he said.
Ngoepe said when police tried to pull the vehicle out of the dam, a cable snapped which resulted in the vehicle drifting deeper below the water.
“We are now calling in specialised resources to help us,” Ngoepe told News24.
A search for the vehicle will continue on Tuesday.
Below is the full statement by South African Police Service:
“The Police in Lebowakgomo outside Polokwane are investigating the death of two people which occurred in Chuniespoort Dam along the Polokwane-Lebowakgomo R37 road.
It is alleged that on Sunday, 24 September 2017 at about 08:00 two partners both aged 19 years were sitting inside a Toyota Tazz sedan near Chuenespoort Dam, subsequently the fisherman on a boat realized that the vehicle is now driving away in a very high speed into the water and he alerted the police.
The Police Search and Rescue Unit were immediately summoned to the scene, reacted swiftly and the search ensued until the bodies of these partners were recovered.
During the recovery of the two bodies, the vehicle was also found but the cable snapped and vehicle went deep down the water. The search was then abandoned for the rescue team to get the additional resources to remove it.
The search for the vehicle will continue tomorrow.
The two deceased were identified as Thabang Tladi and Kate Ramoshaba both aged 19 years old from Lebowakgomo Township and they were also students at a Repeat Part Time Centre at Seleteng village in the ga-Mphahlele area near Lebowakgmo.
The motive behind this incident is unknown but domestic violence may not be ruled out.”