“No parent should bury their child”

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Senzo Mchunu, accompanied by Minister for Public Works and Infrastructure, Minister Patricia de Lille visited the Mabila and Moore families in Skierlik Moutain View Informal Settlement in Mamelodi, Tshwane on Friday.

This follows the tragic incident which occurred on Saturday, 27 February 2021, when Tony Lawrence Moore, 4, and Siyabonga Mabila, 7, drowned while swimming in a quarry that was not fenced off.

The Ministers expressed their deepest condolences, lamenting that no parent should have to bury their child. The Moore family mentioned that the conditions that residents are forced to live under were not indicative of a developing South Africa and requested the Ministers to make their visits to the informal settlement more regular, as opposed to visiting when something tragic happened.

Action SA leader Herman Mashaba announced on 1 March 2021 that he will take MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo and Tshwane Executive Mayor Randall Williams to court, to account personally for two boys who drowned.

MEC Mamabolo  said he has launched an independent investigation led by senior counsel to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of these boys.

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