Tatane family baffled by mystery house

2011-05-14 16:01

Andries Tatane’s family is getting a house, but they don’t know from whom.

Workmen began ­digging the foundation for a three-bedroom house on his parents’ property in Meqheleng township, Ficksburg, three days after his burial last month.

ANC officials in the area apparently told family members that they were building the house for Tatane’s widow, Malehlohonolo, and her son.

Tatane was killed by police during a service ­delivery protest in Ficksburg last month. City Press visited the Tatane family home in Masaleng section this week.

Tatane and his family lived in a two-room house on the property after failing for years to ­secure a house.

Tatane’s sister, Seipati, said the family was not consulted.

“They just started building. I don’t know how they can do this because this is our parents’ property. If they really want to build a house for my brother’s wife, they should have found her a stand somewhere in the township,” she said.

The man allegedly responsible for the project, ward 14 councillor Thabang Makae, did not ­respond to messages left for him by City Press.

During a visit to the family on Wednesday, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said the department of social development had been asked to look ­into how? Tatane’s widow and children could be assisted.

But the foundation at the Tatane family home is perhaps the only change that has taken place in the township since Tatane’s death.

Residents still roam the streets with buckets and 25-litre containers in search of water. The streets are muddy and littered with potholes.

Attelina Lebesa (63) and her eight neighbours decided to correct what the council has failed to address over the last two years.

Lebesa rounded up the women and they started digging a trench to redirect the raw sewerage that transformed their street in section 8 into a stinking river after a pipe burst. “I am not voting. Why should I vote to live in shit?” said a fuming Lebesa.

The municipality failed to respond to City Press’s questions regarding service delivery.

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