Girl’s death

2020-01-22 06:01

The tragic death of Modisa Mbhele (8) while attempting to fetch water in Qwaqwa has sent shockwaves through the country.

The girl reportedly drowned while collecting water from a stream of a river running through Mandela Park.

This happened on Saturday (18/01) and it has since fuelled violent protest in the entire former homeland.

Modisa was one of the hundreds of people who have been resorting to fetching water from the rivers and streams in Qwaqwa under the administration of the trouble-ridden Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.

The community of the greater Qwaqwa have been experiencing a serious lack in the supply of clean water since as early as 2015.

In the Free State, the water crisis has been eternalised in the collective memory with the killing of a teacher, Andries Tatane, during a protest in Ficksburg in 2011.

He was shot dead on 13 April 2011 by some of the police troops deployed to suppress the violent protest over water.

Tatane was 33 years old when killed and no one was convicted of his murder.

In 2013 the Ficksburg Regional Court acquitted the seven police officers accused of the killing of Tatane.

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