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    Qwa Qwa- on Friday the 20th, the Executive Mayor of Maluti a Phofung Cllr Gilbert Mokotso alongside MMC Cllr Shashapa Motaung and Councillor Khanyiswa Molefe visited the mourning family of Phohlela in Snake Park outside Bluegumbosch where a 53-year-old Piet, father of three was gunned down on Thursday night during resident’s protests over electricity cut offs.
    Residents went on the rampage, barricading roads with rocks, burning tyres and logs on the night of 19th July, due to load shedding caused by a burned transformer in the area. However, chaos erupted and protesters forced their area into a no go area for vehicles due to power cut, yet information from community member who did not want to be named, that amid the violent protest, a men transporting potatoes tried to pass through but protesters couldn’t let him through, that’s when clash got intense and the driver pulled the trigger and killed Phohlela. One of the community members Malefa Moloi said the residents were not happy about the service delivery of the municipality, claiming they walk as far as to Clubview or Setsing plaza and go buy electricity. She urged the Executive Mayor to intervene “motse wa rona ontse o hola haholo, jwale re kopa masepala o eketse di transformer hobane tsena ha disa re anela kaofela” she clarified.

    The mayor said in an interview that no one in this country has a right to kill someone regardless of their circumstance “Rele masepala re tshwela ka mathe dipolaho tsa baahi tse katswang di bakwa ke tlhokeho ya phano e fokolang ya ditshebeletso empa rella leba lelapa ebile re fitisa matshediso a rona hoba lelapa. Ntlheng ya ketsahalo ena re kopile batho bao ke sebetsang le bona hore ba mphumanele hantle ho sepolesa hore ho etsahetseng mohla bosiu boo hang haba kgutlela honna ketla fana ka phatlalatso ho baahi” he said.

    The deceased’s wife, Maria Mosia explain “baahi ba kena mohwantong wa tlhokeho ya motlakase mme monna waka ebile karolo ya ona. Seo kese utlwileng ke hore bane ba kwetse tsele mme ba thibela dikoloi ho feta”

    Police spokesperson of Phuthaditjhaba, Mmako Mophiring said that police had opened a murder case and investigation is ongoing. It is understood that criminal elements became apparent as protesters blocked the roads, some stoning vehicles or looting of shops in the name of load shedding.

    By: Masilo Malakwane