A Church member drowned when a baptism process took a tragic turn at the Groot Letaba River in N’wa Marhanga Village, Giyani in Limpopo on Saturday. The congregant slipped into the water and drowned at about 08:00.

According to the information, the church congregants led by their priest had been performing religious rituals. After they concluded with the session, one of the congregants went back to the river to fetch some water. The 27-year-old man identified as Ronald Rikhotso slipped and drowned.

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Church member drowns during baptism in Giyani
Church member drowns during baptism in Giyani


Police were alerted about the incident and the body was retrieved from the river by the divers from the SAPS Provincial Search and Rescue Team. 

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe cautions members of the community to be careful and wary when using dams and rivers for any purpose including religious activities.

The stories of church members drawing are rife in the South African Church society. 14 members of a church congregation down in Johannesburg after a huge flash flood. 

Four Church members were also washed away by water in the Vet River in Wesselsbron. Bishop Khulekani Sibisi, based in KZN, also drowned during a baptism ritual. He was found by his sons in the Nanda Dam.