‘Your death has pierced our hearts’

2014-02-06 15:09

“Lehu la hao le re hlabile pelo (your death has pierced our hearts).”

These words echoed through Kgwe Kgwe High School where learners converged at a memorial service in honour of those who had died in recent violent protests in Relela village near Tzaneen.

Among them were 16-year-old Clarence Molele, a Grade 9 learner at the school.

Molele’s emotional classmate, Mapula Modiba, remembered him for his “jokes” and as someone who “loved people and school”.

The Limpopo secretary for the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), Thulani Baloyi, urged Molele’s schoolmates and classmates to honour him by doing well in their studies at the end of the year. “The only way to honour him is to pass and make him proud,” he said.

Molele, 15-year-old Tshepo Baloyi and 28-year-old Stanley Molewa were killed after they were allegedly shot by police in the violent protests.

The protests followed the death of Kgomotso Ragolane (15) whose half-naked body was found without one of her hands.

Meanwhile, calm seems to have returned to Relela today. The police presence has decreased although the satellite police station, which came under attack from angry protesters recently, remained under guard.

Elsewhere in Relela the families of Molele, Molewa and Ragolane were preparing to bury their children on Saturday. Baloyi was buried last Saturday.

Police said no arrests have been made in connection with Ragolane’s death. She is likely to be buried without her hand, which was still missing today.

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