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Man rescued from mountains

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo


POLOKWANE - Members of the South African Police Service Search and Rescue Team, played a pivotal role in rescuing a 33-year-old man who was, for hours trapped on the Chuenespoort Mountains in the Lebowakgomo policing area outside Polokwane.

The Zionist Priest from Makgofe village outside Seshego, George Mondane, reportedly went to the mountains in the early hours of yesterday, Monday 05 September 2022 to have a secret prayer session and he later started to feel uneasy and hallucinated and that's when he lost his way back. He also realised that he ran out of food and water and frantically wandered around the mountains. Fortunately, his phone was fully charged and managed to call for help.

The victim was safely rescued at about 18:00, following a search operation by members of the SAPS Air Wing and Water Wing Rescue Unit. He was treated for minor dehydration and shock before he was taken home.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has warned community members to be to be extra cautious when exercising or performing their rituals at hazardous places as this often result in resources being diverted from crime prevention activities for search and rescue operations.

“We however commend the members for succeeding in rescuing the victim alive,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.


Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba
082 451 7180



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