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06/01/2016 Joburg reaches out to bereaved families

On Wednesday, 06 January 2016, the City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Parks Tau is set to lead his leadership team to three Soweto homes of families who lost their children tragically during the Festive Season.
The youngest of the children is five-year-old Katlego Monyela of Braamfischerville, who drowned in a stream near his home on Sunday while playing with friends.

The tragedy comes after the discovery of 27-year-old Zestah September’s mutilated and partially burnt body in a veld near the Lenasia military base, just outside Soweto, at the weekend. September was reported missing on New Year’s Day.

The two losses follow amid police forensic confirmation that the bones recently recovered in a backyard of a house in Phiri wereindeed that of University of Johannesburg student, Palesa Madiba, 19, of Diepkloof. She had gone missing while visiting a friend at the Phiri house in 2013.

Mayor Tau described the nature of the tragedies as “every parent’s worst nightmare”. “This is a very painful time for the families and we all need to pray for them. Our sincere condolences, prayers and support goes out to the families,” Mayor Tau said.

Mayor Tau added that it is during this difficult time that communities must stand together to comfort the bereaved families – and also assist the police with information that may lead to the arrest of the ruthless killers of Madiba and September.

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City of Johannesburg

NB. The visit by the Executive Mayor will take place as follows:

1. At Pimville - Zestah September a 27 year old girl who was emulated and burnt – the visit will be at 14h00 pm ( 4032 B Modjadji Street Pimville, Next to Sisulu Community Hall).
2. At Diepkloof – Palesa Madiba whose skeleton was discovered at Phiri in a shallow grave – the visit will be at 15h00 pm (Address 8792 Tsiki Street, Diepkloof Zone 3, Soweto).
3. At Braamfischerville – Katlego Monyela a 5 year old that drowned in stream at Braamfischerville – the visit will be at 16h00 (Address 10244 Braamfischerville, Phase 2 Ezangomeni Block, Ward 44).

Phindile Chauke
Cel. 072 360 1533