Skierlik shooting commemorated

2012-01-14 20:16

Johannesburg - The North West department of sport, arts and culture held a series of commemorative events in Swartruggens on the fourth anniversary of the Skierlik shootings, said the department on Saturday.

The events took place to commemorate the deaths of the four victims, including a three-month-old baby, who were shot dead by then 17-year-old Johan Nel in a race-related attack on January 14 2008.

Nel was sentenced to life in prison on November 21 of the same year..

Spokesperson Abe Mogashoa said the programme began at 08:00 on Saturday with events proceeding to the victims' grave site, known as the Garden of Remembrance, where a series of performances from all sectors of the community took place.

The North West MECs for sports, arts and culture, agriculture, public works, social development and education were present.

"A journey of a million kilometres begins with a single step on the path towards reconciliation," said Mogashoa.

He said the events were a way to help the community come together following the tragic events of 2008.

Mogashoa said the department was encouraging the use of sport as a means for children to get off the streets and pursue potential opportunities sport could bring.

He said the community were in the process of consultations with provincial stakeholders about changing the name of Skierlik.

Mogashoa said the department were going to encourage arts and culture participation at particular schools in the area as a way of improving the lives of those involved and also encourage the creation of an after-care programme at schools to care for students.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-14 20:57

    While you at it Minister of Hate and Racism, please pay for commemorative events around the country to show support for the 10000's of white farmers and families murdered by blacks in racial attacks. ANC Rubbish, you make me puke!!

      Louise - 2012-01-14 22:29

      This is the Government involved in quiet anti-white propaganda - maybe they should start paying for commemorative events in all matters of crime - THEN they might start doing something about the crime rate, because they won't be able to line their own pockets at the rate they currently do...

      SergeD69 - 2012-01-14 22:44

      How stupid must an average black in an informal settlement be to vote time and time again for the ANC. And how stupid must highly educated white people be to allow their government to squander their tax money.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-14 23:24

      @Serge You can't really blame them. They see people (mostly whites) in suburbs as the enemy and think a vote for who they (we) vote for will help their (our) suburban interests. It's all about the haves an have-nots, with a dash of ignorance. It's the middle class ANC voters who worry me.

  • Sean - 2012-01-14 20:59

    No disrespect , but commemorate what ?? How many farmers get killed daily ?

  • Derek - 2012-01-14 21:42

    These people have allocated budgets of tax payers money to spend to make themselves look busy/worthy of their appointments. A sad lack of initiative, insight and creativity results in occurences like these where 'concerts' are staged to the detriment of good interracial relations in our beloved country. It is as simple and heartbreaking as that.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-14 22:15

    I must agree with most respondents. Selective commemorations are the wish and responsibility of the immediate families. It is not for the government to do this.

  • Max - 2012-01-14 22:44

    The lengths that this government will go to to create and keep the racial divide in this country alive is astounding if not sickening.

      SergeD69 - 2012-01-14 23:28

      When you take race out of the equation you will see our ANC government has nothing except incompetence to offer.

      Alex - 2012-01-15 09:17

      no racism, no anc

  • Soetdoring - 2012-01-14 23:08

    Interesting. I suppose the goverment should therefore not object to a yearly day of remembrance for the St.James Church massacre (1993) where 11 members of the congregation were murdered and 58 wounded.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-14 23:12

      I immediately thought the exact same thing!

      Sean - 2012-01-14 23:37 Worth a read ! To me the TRC was a load of bull sh@t ! Don`t understand why Saint James Church criminals got off the hook ?

  • Pitmemo O'Luneda - 2012-01-14 23:57

    Sometimes people just comment because there is where said that one should comment, some of this comments are outmm

      Garth - 2012-01-15 14:27

      You will never mean what you say, if you cannot say what you mean.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-15 06:08

    Jeez they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find heroes. Johan Nel was a criminal who acted on his own and not on behalf of a political organization. Why don't they just commemorate all criminals and get done with it.

  • Johan - 2012-01-15 06:28

    And they expect me to mix and respect them! Never!

  • Hermann - 2012-01-15 08:57

    How patriotic and let us not forget to forget the murdered farmers. A new use for taxes.

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