KIMBERLEY REELING FROM LOSS OF LIVES AND STORM DAMAGE
Past Sunday’s heavy downpour claimed two lives at Galeshewe, left many households flooded and sparked mayhem with roofs of some houses been blown off. With the storm being over, damages could result in exponential financial losses within the boundaries of the Sol Plaatje Municipality. The Municipality’s Executive Mayor Mangaliso Matika, members of the Mayoral Committee and his senior managers visited the two bereaved families and embarked on a wide-scale inspection in an effort to get to grips with the situation at hand.
SolomonStar visited the highly receptive bereaved families of the separate drowning incident victims. Deceased 42 year old Mr Ashley Mogorosi who was set to celebrate his 43rd birthday on 25 of March, was apparently from the Sunday service of his beloved Zion Christian Church when he met his death amid being swept away whilst attempting to cross a bridge erected over a canal a stone throw from his parental home at Kabelo Makaudi Street in Redirile.
“My brother was kind, always smiling. And as a sister, no matter the circumstances, you always look up to your brother,”said a grieving Ms Gomolemo Jood in recounting learning about his sibling’s death. An eyewitness Ms Nono Sehume who stays nearby the Danston Street said she saw the deceased Mr Mogorosi approaching the bridge, “I called out to him to come take shelter at my house but then he continued attempting to cross the bridge. I saw him submerging and there was very little I could do,” she said whilst being consoled by Mayor Matika and Councilor Dimakatso Chinkuli.
A street away, at Reuben Mcetywa Street, it got explained that the deceased persons died in two separate incidents with the late Mr Kabelo “Spencer” Koloku’s cousin having witnessed how he had slipped and got swept away at a bridge nearby the informal settlement of Riemvasmaak where he stayed. His body was also retrieved at nearby Gogga Pump station.
“His cousin Shadrack Magano saw what had happened. He told us that Spencer had slipped when trying to cross the bridge near the cemetery. He was on his way to his shack which is nearby from here. As a family we have accepted what has happened,” lamented Ms Lorato Masimini, a sister of the deceased who had worked for the Sol Plaatje Municipality for 19 years and mainly as a grave digger.
“He was my Comrade, I grew up with him and the other deceased I got to know from growing up in this this neighbourhood,”said a visibly shocked Sol Plaatje Executive Mayor Mangaliso Matika. The late Mr Koloku was an ANC member of the Percival Jas branch and the family of the late Mr Mogorosi could not confirm whether he was still an active member of the ANC branch. Ironically, the parents of the deceased persons were known to each other. Mayor Matika said the municipality will assist the bereaved families in burying their loved ones if needed.