Fourth person dies in Mothotlung

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pretoria – A fourth person has died in hospital this morning, following violent clashes over water shortages in Mothotlung.

According to media reports, a 36-year-old man died early this morning after spending seven days in a coma in the intensive care unit at George Mukhari Provincial Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa. It is alleged that the man was shot in the head with live ammunition.

After expressing her condolences to the family of the deceased, North West Premier Thandi Modise called for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to speed up its investigation into circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of the victims.

“We wish to reiterate our assurance that no stone will be left unturned to get to the bottom of the allegations that the water pumps in Brits were sabotaged for the benefit of those awarded tenders for water tankering services,” Modise said.

The premier also called on communities within the jurisdiction of Madibeng Local Municipality to support renewed efforts aimed at ridding the municipality of the scourge of corruption uncovered by the Ministerial Task Team that investigated allegations of fraud, maladministration and corruption within the municipality.

“We are more than determined for the benefit of our communities to implement recommendations of the report that were obstructed and opposed from within the municipality and other interested parties,” said Modise.

Meanwhile, Modise thanked the community and churches for the support that they gave the families that buried their loved ones over the weekend.

“Though emotions were running high, the dignified manner in which the funerals of the three victims were conducted is commendable. We will continue to give our support until the investigations are completed to ensure that the families find closure,” she said. –