Three Zimbabwean brothers have been buried alive in South Africa while poaching river sand.
The truck they were loading with river sand overturned and buried them under a mound of sand. The incident occurred last week on Monday near Louis Trichardt town in Limpopo Province.
South African police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Moepe said the three brothers were hired by their employer to load sand from Muegedzi River into his truck when the vehicle overturned.
“The three men who are brothers were busy loading sand into the truck and we suspect due to the load, the truck lost traction. It overturned and in the process the three men were trapped in sand and they died on the spot. We have since opened an inquest docket and we are continuing with our investigations,” said Lt Col Moepe.
He identified the deceased persons as Sifelani (19) Kudakwashe (21) and Tapiwa Mahohoma (23).
Lt Col Moepe said the bodies have since been repatriated to the country for burial.
He warned people against poaching sand in open areas near the river, which has resulted in land corrosion during rainy seasons.