Best and worst of year past
While Limpopo celebrated the accomplishments of its people, there were also stories that shocked people and sparked violent protests
IN ONE of the most gruesome stories in the province this year a man was arrested for exhuming bodies from graves and selling their decomposing body parts to traditional healers for muti.
During a tribal meeting at Tshitava in Venda, a teenage girl reported that her ex-boyfriend was exhuming dead human bodies and hacking off their body parts to sell to traditional healers.
Police and other relevant authorities obtained court orders to exhume at least five bodies. In some graves, headless bodies were found while in others the entire corpse was missing.
Five people including two traditional healers were arrested and are still behind bars trying to get bail.
The case is continuing and the trial will start next year.
The arrests also sparked violent protests by community members who attacked several houses belonging to local traditional healers.
Another incident that rocked the province was the violent protests over the municipal border in Vuwani which forced pupils to spend about two months at home.
Public buildings, schools and vehicles were torched by some residents refusing the incorporation of Vuwani into the Lim 345 municipality in Malamulele which was established after the 2016 local government elections.
Another major highlight in the province was the spectacular bicycle kick by Oscarine Masuluke of Baroka FC which saw the goalkeeper jetting off to London as one of the three finalists for best goal of the year at the prestigious Fifa Puskas awards in October.
Although he did not win the coveted prize, Masuluke won the hearts of many, including sports commentators and soccer fans.
Born and bred in the dusty Wamankena village outside Giyani, Masuluke has certainly made a name for himself in the soccer world.
Another remarkable event this year arrived when 12-year-old Tshegofatso Morapedi snatched the 2017 national Spelling Bee championship crown.
The girl from Seshego showed that it was possible to beat your peers at the SA National Spelling Championship 2017 even if you were a Grade 6 pupil at the no-fee township school, Letlotlo Primary School.
The province netted another big fish in 2017 in the form of Cecilia Molokwane who won enough votes to become the president of Netball South Africa (NSA).
Limpopo crowned it all when, with just a R7.50 bet, a pensioner won a cool R39.5m in a Lotto Plus jackpot in April.
The visibly shocked pensioner from a rural village, who preferred to remain anonymous, said his long-held dream of buying a tractor would finally materialise.
Ithuba, the Lotto operator, said that this year Limpopo seemed to have a lucky streak. Ithuba’s biggest ever Powerball jackpot of R87m was also won by a player from Limpopo.
CHAMP: Tshegofatso Morapedi won the national spelling Bee.