By Henro Kruger MP, Political Head: Dr JS Moroka Constituency:
The DA sends heartfelt condolences to the family of the 13 year old boy who recently drowned while swimming in the local reservoir in Phake, Dr JS Moroka Municipality.
Our hearts go out to the family who had high hopes and dreams for the young boy as they go into the New Year with one less family member.
It was clear during a recent oversight visit that the municipality neglected to secure the reservoir, as these are often in isolated places.
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The municipality must take full responsibility for the incident and must immediately ensure that the reservoir is secure to avoid any further tragedies.
The DA will run an awareness campaign in that municipality to make children and parents aware of the dangers of swimming in municipal reservoirs.
We will also deliver a signed petition by the community to the Executive Mayor, Cllr Rhoda Mathebe, of Dr JS Moroka to make her aware of the residents’ plight.