Body of drowned Verulam 12-year-old boy recovered

The body of a 12-year-old boy whose body was swept away in a swollen river in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday has been recovered. 

Ntando Nzuzo’s body was recovered on Sunday, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24. 

Nzuzo drowned on Temple Valley and was found against a sand bank near a water treatment plant on Valley View Drive, 300 meters away from where he was last seen. 

Verulam boy found

Search and rescue teams look for the missing 12-year-old (Supplied)


According to Reaction Unit South Africa spokesperson Prem Balram, police divers and lifeguards from the Ethekwini Municipality used canoes to conduct the search.

This was after search and rescue operations had to be called off on Saturday due to heavy current and increasing water levels.

Balram said officers received a call from a resident informing them of the incident at approximately 12:27 on Saturday. 

He said the resident informed the officers that Nzuzo’s friend had ran to her home to seek help following the incident.

“Reaction officers proceeded to the location and interviewed the child who stated that they were on their way to play soccer at the Verulam Recreational Grounds when one his friends experienced difficulty while crossing a river and drowned,” Balram said. 

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