Tsh­wane mayor sends con­do­lences

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - DIKELEDI RAMABOPA dikeledir@the­newage.co.za

TSH­WANE mayor Solly Msi­manga’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has sent its con­do­lences to the fam­ily and loved ones of the five vic­tims of a shack fire in Alaska in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

The fam­ily mem­bers, Isaac Ra­malepe, 35, Mot­se­pelo Te­mane, 30, their two chil­dren aged six and eight and a 27­year­old rel­a­tive of the mother were burnt be­yond recog­ni­tion by the fire in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing.

Po­lice have since opened an in­quest af­ter they found an ex­ploded gas cylin­der in the wreck­age.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said that its will be look­ing at ways to as­sist the af­fected fam­i­lies.

“How­ever, it is ex­tremely dis­taste­ful that the ANC in the area has de­cided to politi­cise the deaths of these mem­bers of our com­mu­nity,” spokesper­son Sam Mgob­ozi said.

“This is the sec­ond time in just a week they have cho­sen this ap­proach, the first be­ing the death of five chil­dren in Soshanguve.

“This con­duct is as un­for­tu­nate as it is not sur­pris­ing.

“The ANC in this re­gion has be­come syn­ony­mous with ad­vanc­ing its nar­row po­lit­i­cal ends through the mis­for­tunes of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­nity, even those who died in hor­rific cir­cum­stances which they clearly had no in­ter­est in fix­ing while in power.”

Mgob­ozi said it was bizarre that the ANC in Tsh­wane seeks to use this to as­sign blame af­ter gov­ern­ing the re­gion for more than 20 years.

He said the Msi­manga ad­min­is­tra­tion was work­ing to fix what was bro­ken in the best in­ter­ests of its peo­ple and it is mak­ing progress and pro­vid­ing hous­ing through the for­mal­i­sa­tion of in­for­mal set­tle­ments un­der Project Ti­rane an­nounced by mayor Msi­manga dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral state of the cap­i­tal ad­dress in April.

“Ap­pre­ci­at­ing that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has in­her­ited se­vere fi­nan­cial con­straints, we have had to rapidly triage and em­bark on a sys­tem­atic for­mal­i­sa­tion process of the 134 in­for­mal set­tle­ments left to crop up un­der the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion who did noth­ing to for­malise them but now seek to as­sign blame for their ne­glect,” Mgob­ozi said

He said that they were mak­ing progress in this re­gard with the seven in­for­mal set­tle­ments an­nounced dur­ing state of the city ad­dress that were pre­vi­ously left to lan­guish by the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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