Tshwane may be put under administration

Premier David Makhura speaking to the media next to the high mast light that killed 5 kids.


*“THE CITY OF Tshwane is the worst performing metropolitan city in the whole Gauteng”, these are the words of Gauteng Premier, David Makhura during the memorial service of the Sosh5. The Sosh5 are the five kids which were killed by the high mast light in Soshanguve after the City of Tshwane failed to service it.

A family member crying at the memorial service…

“It is painful because I saw families crying again, it is a commemoration but it feels like a funeral. There are answers and accountability; you can’t heal if you don’t know the answers. If there are no answers they will not.

“As we came to remember them we have no answer. I brief the mayor that families want the apollo to be removed. It is the responsibility of the municipality to remove the high mast light and I am very disappointed with the mayor Solly Msimango, who run to the media before the investigation starts said the cause is cable theft. If the incident happened in suburbs’ he would be here every day,” said Makhura.

Premier David Makhura greeting family members at the commemoration service.

He continues by asking, “Why he can’t come to Soshanguve and apologies to families”.

Makhura said Msimango went to Sebokeng, Alexander and other places in the province promising people better services because he wants to be premier of Gauteng but he is failing to fix a mess as the mayor of Tshwane.

“I came to the families for the third time but the mayor failed to visit families. I will be with you until there are answers. I will tell the mayor that there are still waiting for him in Soshanguve. I think you don’t have a mayor, maybe I just came to be your mayor, even mayor of Soshanguve. That light must fall.

“Sad news City of Tshwane is the worst performing municipality in Gauteng, things has stopped happening. That report is coming soon, he can’t run the city but think he can run Gauteng. If the municipality is failing they need to know that the red light is flicking, we will be there. If the municipality is not performing we put Section 139, we have done that at Emfuleni south of Gauteng by putting them under administration according to the constitution and start doing things that they were not doing but I do that under very very careful consideration,” said Makhura.

Some of more than 2 000 people who attended the event …

The five kids who died in that incident are Kearabile Baloyi (12 years old), Boitsoko Pobape (11 years old), Maikano Mmenu (9 years old), Lethabo Matibako (9 years old) and Dimpho Bopape (5 years old) The traumatic incident took place while children were playing in concrete slaps underneath the apollo high mast light about a year ago.

The high mass light ring fell down, instantly killing 4 children, with another one declared dead later at Dr. George Mukhari hospital in Ga-Rankuwa. Two survived, one escaped the incident, and another sustained severe injuries. africa@citypost.co.za


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