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By Se-Anne Rall 15h ago

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DURBAN: The search continues for two people who went missing after a fully loaded minibus taxi was swept off a low-lying bridge in a weekend flash flood.

Ladysmith SAPS and PMB K9 search and rescue teams were called to the scene on Saturday evening after the taxi was washed away.

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Four people were reported missing.

Members of the K9 unit searched the river. The body of Zamo Ngobese, 48, was found in the Umthezi River, about 25 meters from where the taxi was taken. The search team found the body of Saizi Chonco, 38, near the river.

The bodies were handed over to SAPS.

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka expressed his sadness over the incident.

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He expressed concern at the loss of life that the province continues to suffer due to inclement weather.

“We are saddened by this latest incident. Our teams are working around the clock in conjunction with police search and rescue teams to locate the missing,” he said.

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Photo: Claudine Senekal / Ladysmith Herald
Photo: Claudine Senekal / Ladysmith Herald
Photo: Claudine Senekal / Ladysmith Herald

Hlomuka called on drivers to stay alert and avoid crossing flooded bridges as they were dangerous.

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He called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident, to determine whether the driver was negligent in attempting to cross the flooded river.

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