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Dysselsdorp family in shock after body of lady, 9, found in a canal

Rudicia Galant. (Photo: Supplied)



  • Nine-year-old Rudicia Galant’s body was found close to a water canal in Dysselsdorp on Sunday.
  • The little lady was with a group of mates when she by chance fell into the water.
  • She had a dream to develop into a trainer at some point.

The aunt of a 9-year-old lady who drowned in a water canal in Dysselsdorp, close to Oudtshoorn over the weekend, says their family is heartbroken after the ordeal.

Rudicia Galant was taking part in with mates in the neighborhood of the canal when she by chance fell into the water on Sunday morning.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies, stated one other lady tried to rescue her and likewise slipped and fell into the water.

Bystanders noticed however solely managed to rescue the second lady.

Polisieduikers by die kanaal in Carewstraat waar R

Police divers on the canal in Carew Street the place Rudicia slipped.

Rudicia’s aunt, Alicia Marnewick, advised News24 that the one factor she misses probably the most about her niece is her bubbly persona and “talkative” nature.

“Rudicia was a bubbly and intelligent little girl who would light up any place she would stumble across,” she stated.

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Marnewick stated that when she heard her niece had fallen into the canal, she rushed to the scene to search out the authorities trying to find her and plenty of individuals standing round.

“I did not understand at first what was happening. I was in shock and could not believe what had happened,” she added. 

She stated she stood and watched anxiously close to the canal to attempt to spot her niece. “I started to panic when the police said they didn’t find her body yet,” she stated.

‘We should not alright’

But the suspense was an excessive amount of and he or she left whereas the search was nonetheless beneath means.

According to Marnewick, her brother and stepfather went to determine the body after it was found. She stated the family was nonetheless making an attempt to cope with the truth that the little lady won’t ever return once more.

“We are not alright; my family is still in shock. We are very emotional,” she stated.

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Marnewick stated Rudicia was wanting ahead to the beginning of the second college time period.

“She had dreams of becoming a teacher one day, and she loved sitting with books when she was at home. She was always with her books and would always be reading,” she stated.

She added that Rudicia was not a fussy youngster and completely cherished consuming, particularly sweets and chips.

Marnewick stated: 

She had many mates at college and in the road the place she stayed. There have been many occasions she would discuss her shut mates and the way a lot she loved being with them.

Watching TV sequence was additionally one of her favorite issues to do and he or she can be glued to the TV display when her programme got here on.

Rudicia’s mom died a few years in the past, so she would cut up her weekends between her dad’s home and her grandmother.

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She would have turned 10 years previous on 21 July.

“It is very sad to think that just a few days ago she was alive and playing with her friends, and now she has been ripped away forever,” Marnewick stated.

Police stated an post-mortem can be performed this week. No funeral preparations have been made but.

“We will miss Rudicia very much. The house will never be the same again, but we know she’s in a much better place, with her mother,” Marnewick stated.


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