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    On Tuesday the 07th of August 2018, The Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela alongside the Executive Mayor of Maluti a Phofung (MAP) Cllr Gilbert Mokotso together with Councillors made a special visit to the grieving family of Moabi Petrus Mbele in Comet Qwa Qwa, a 20-year-old was a promising first year Mathematics student at Madeira University in Portugal and also a provincial bursary beneficiary whom matriculated at Mohaladitwe Secondary School in Makwane.

    Moabi passed away in Portugal on Friday, 28 July 2018 after drowning in a swimming pool. The circumstances surrounding his tragic and untimely passing have shocked and saddened his family who believed in his bright future to change his parents’ socio-economic background. Tsietsi Mbele the grandfather to the deceased shared his dismay “Kannete rele lelapa re bohloko haholo hobane rene re thabile ha ngwana aya mose ho mawatle kajeno re lahlehetso ke yena, Moabi ene ele ngwana ya hantle haholo le dithutong one a sebetsa ka thata.” He added that he was a cool, calm and collected person who wanted to know more about his background.

    The Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Mokotso, as he extended heartfelt condolences to the family of Mbele said the municipality is saddened by the passing away of this young student who wanted to pursue career in a white dominant world “kannete re hlokofetse dipelong haholo hobane nnete ngwanenwa one a tshepetswe ho fetola maemo a lapa la habo. Hase ngwana wa pele ya hlokahallang univesithing ya mose ho mawatle mme atswa kwano MAP”.

    Premier said “As government we will provide the necessary support to the family during their time of mourning as our thoughts and prayers are with them”. She concluded by stating that the Free State Provincial Government will continuously update the people of Free State regarding funeral arrangements, while allowing the necessary processes and full investigations to continue. Moabi leaves his parents and two sisters.

    By: Masilo Malakwane