Archive for December, 2015

ALUTA CONTINUA Gogo Nomasonto Mzoto seen with Lebo Mofokeng in a meeting that failed to bear desired fruits

ALUTA CONTINUA: Gogo Nomasonto Mzoto seen with Lebo Mofokeng during a meeting that failed to bear fruits.                                                                                                                                                     Picture by Reginald Nhlapo.

By Reginald Nhlapo and Smanga Kumalo

Emfuleni Local Municipality’s ‘good gesture’ over festive season proved to be misplaced when one of its high ranking official got more than she bargained for.

In our previous post we ran a news article titled “I don’t want much, I want a house”

The 78-year-old Nomasonto Mzoto from Sonderwater, just outside Evaton made a plea to the leadership in Sedibeng region for a house.

Mzoto claims to have applied for an RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house; however when she went to check her name on the house allocation system, she was told it was not reflecting.

Spokesperson in the mayor’s office, Lebo Mofokeng accompanied by these journalists visited Mzoto’s home in a bid to present her with a Christmas gift, however joy was short-lived when Mofokeng was left with an egg on her face when the feisty Mzoto blatantly refused an already assembled corrugated iron meant to shelter her for an alleged temporary period.

Spotting lollipops in her hand as she takes intervals in between doing laundry, Mzoto said; “What must I do with another shack, I have mine which I have been living under all these years and the last thing I need is another one with a leaky roof irrespective of how fancy it is; I don’t mean to sound ungrateful but how hard can it be for a government that strive a better life for all to grant me a proper shelter,” she asked.

The visibly agitated Mofokeng emphasised; “Following a published story on your platforms, together with the executive mayor Mahole Mofokeng, we felt compelled to temporarily shelter Mzoto whilst busy with the procedure as it is a lengthy exercise. We are saddened that she turned us down and we have no other alternative but to revert to her when the house is available.

Mofokeng would not say when and if the house will ever be available for Mzoto.

▪ The matter has since been escalated to the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements for attention. Meanwhile assistance from members of the public to attain Gogo Mzoto’s elusive dream is welcomed and you can contact us at 081 3808 266

nhlapor@vmex.co.za

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Paulina Mzoto reiterating her sordid encounter and a need for a shelter. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo

DESTITUTE: Nomasonto Mzoto reiterate her sordid ordeal as she make a plea to government. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo.

By Smanga Kumalo

SONDERWATER – TWO decades post democracy, Nomasonto Paulina Mzoto is still living in a shack.

Stepping into her shack one is greeted by the sun rays through holes on the roof and wind blowing immensely outside.

Despite being one of the senior citizens in the Vaal (Sedibeng Region) who casted her vote in the first democratic elections in 1994 hoping to get a better life, but her dream is shattered, she had to endure the struggle.

The 78-year-old granny says she applied for an RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) house, but when she went to check her name on the system she was told it is not reflecting.

She lives in a dreadful shack not far from where the RDP houses were issued.

Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) is mum on when they are going to help her get +a house as an indigent or a special case.

Mzoto is aware her life is deteriorating, but remains hopeful that the municipality will someday heed her plea before she departs this world.
When these newshounds visited her, she was not in a good state as she struggled to breath.

“I do not want much, I only need a house. Many people who I lived with inclusive of my husband died while waiting for their houses. When is the government going to give me a house, why are they side lining me, she asked.

In her first consultation with this scribe, she stated her willingness to meet with the-then ELM Mayor, Greta Hlongwane and Sedibeng District Municipality’s Mahole Mofokeng.

“I am tired now, scores of people and officials frequent my place, take pictures of my house and dire situation with a promise of bettering my demise but nothing has changed. Go and tell those mayors I want to see them,” she concluded.

nhlapor@vmex.co.za

Theresa IconT Ramashamola

FALLEN HEROINE: Theresa “IconT” Ramashemole has died.      Image by Reginald Nhlapo.

 

Theresa Ramashamole is no more!

IconT (as she was affectionately known) who was 55, passed away on Wednesday night at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Sharpeville on 31 August 1960. Her mother, Julia Ramashamole was part of the huge crowd that converged on the Sharpeville police station on March 21, 1960.

The demonstration was part of a campaign of peaceful defiance intended to end the pass laws, which regulated the movement of blacks.

The police opened fire on the crowd and 69 people were killed and 186 wounded; many of them shot in the back.

Ramashamole, a part-time councillor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) was tried in the Pretoria Supreme Court along with Mojalefa Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Oupa Diniso, Duma Khumalo, and Francis Mokhesi.

The accussed, commonly known as the Sharpeville Six, were charged with the September 1984 murder of Jacob Dlamini, a Lekoa township councilor.

They were convicted and sentenced to death on 5 December 1985 for their alleged “association with the crowd” that killed Dlamini, although the trial judge and appeals court acknowledged that there was no direct evidence involving them with the murder.

Conveying his message of condolence in a statement, ELM Executive Mayor Mahole Mofokeng said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ramashamole. Her contribution to this region, and Emfuleni, will forever be cherished we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during these difficult moments.”

“She leaves a legacy for generations to come who will, in decades ahead of us, continue to enjoy the fruits that democracy has brought to their communities across the length and breadth of our country, including Sharpeville her hometown,” said Mofokeng.

Gauteng Premier Makhura, earlier on Sunday, described her as an outstanding leader and servant of the people of South Africa during his visit to her home.

“In her various leadership capacities and responsibilities, she has served the country with distinction, honour and selflessness.

“With her bravery she has made an invaluable contribution to the development of this region,” said Makhura.

Details for the memorial service and funeral service of Theresa Ramashamole are as follows:
The official memorial service will take place on Wednesday, on 3 December 2015, at 15h00 to 17h00, at the Sharpeville Hall.

The funeral will, according to government policy, be a Special Official Funeral and the service will take place on 5 December 2015 at the Sharpeville community hall in Seiso street, starting at 08h00- 11h00, to Vanderbijlpark cemetery.

May her soul rest in peace!!!

missing child alertExecutive Mayor of Midvaal Local Municipality, Councillor Bongani Baloyi, is offering a reward of R10 000 to anyone who can provide information that will enable the police to locate baby Relebohile Prince “Ditsebe” Tsotesi who was abducted last Wednesday by four armed men outside his mother’s house.

Baby Relo’s abduction has occurred during 16 Days of Activism against violence against Women and Children and highlights the importance of communities working with government to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.

Mayor Baloyi said: “My heart goes out to little baby Relo’s mother and the rest of his family. I would like to add to her appeal for anyone who has information on his whereabouts to please come forward.

I cannot imagine the trauma that his family must be going through and would like to send my support to them during this difficult time.It is my hope that baby Relo is found soon and safely returned to his family.”

The Mayor’s hope is that the municipality’s offer of a reward will encourage anyone with information that will lead to finding Relebohile, and the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his abduction, to come forward as a matter of urgency.

Anyone with information can contact Constable Mazibuko (F) Meyerton SAPS on 016 362 0126, Crime Stop on 08600 10111, alternatively send an SMS to CrimeLine on 321111 or Missing Children SA 072 647 7464.