A LIMPOPO woman who slipped and fell in the mountains of Lenyenye in Tzaneen, while cutting grass used to make traditional brooms, has been rescued by the police.
Martha Thobejane was forced to spend two nights in adverse weather conditions in the mountains of Lekgalametse Nature Reserve in Maake, after breaking her ankle while harvesting the grass on Sunday.
She was rescued on Tuesday.
Police said the 50-year-old from Motloulela Village near Lenyenye was part of a group of women who had camped in the mountains to cut grass.
The grass is used to make brooms sold for R30 each in the area.
Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Ronnel Otto said some of Thobejane’s colleagues alerted them about her ordeal, while others remained in the mountains with her on Sunday and Monday nights.
Police rescuers and a SAPS helicopter were dispatched to the scene, she said, and a frantic search began.
However, Otto said, police could not immediately reach Thobejane because of the cloudy, misty and rainy conditions in the area.
“Members of the Search and Rescue Unit, K 9 and EMS from Makhado and Giyani reached the area early Tuesday morning and succeeded in bringing the woman to safety,” said Otto.
She said rescuing Thobejane became a mission because of the bad weather, and it took police the whole day to do so.
“Sometimes the terrain was so difficult that they had to take turns in carrying the woman on their backs,” added Otto.
Thobejane was rushed to the Dr CN Phatudi Hospital in Lenyenye and is reportedly in a satisfactory condition.
Maake police spokesperson Malesela Makgoro said they were concerned because they didn’t know whether Thobejane had food or water.
But they later found out that the grass cutters usually take enough food and water with them when they climb the mountains for grass harvesting.