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A boy drowned after he slipped while playing on the edge of a river in Matsula, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday.
The seven-year-old was throwing stones into the river with a friend on Wednesday when he lost his footing, said Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi.
The drowning was the third in the province since the weekend.
A man, aged 72, and his 21-year-old son, drowned in Acornhoek on Saturday. They were fishing when their boat capsized. - Sapa