A 16-year-old teenager, Zanomusa Mdluli lost his life while swimming with friends in a dam in eMachibini, KwaZulu-Natal.

His friend, Njabulo Mbhamali, says they tried rescuing Mdluli when they realised that he was drowning.

However, they had to abandon their efforts as they started losing breath under water and also almost drowned.

The K9 unit was called in to assist rescue Mdluli but  police spokesperson Senzo Gumede says the teenager had already died upon their arrival. – Report by Maputaland Radio News reporter, Sduduzo Mathenjwa