May 28, 2022

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City of Tshwane, three others blamed for drowning of Mamelodi boys in quarry

The families of two children who drowned in a quarry in the informal settlement of Skierlik Mountain View last year will receive redress following an investigation into their deaths by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport.< /p>

Lawrence Tshwenu, 4, and Siyabonga Mabila, 7, drowned in a quarry on February 27.

After the Gauteng MEC incident for public Transportation and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo said his department will conduct an independent investigation “to determine or not the fault or negligence of the contractor”.

span>Community leader Mzwandile Dyantyi told opposite TimesLIVE that Kings Civil Engineering Contractors would be quarrying sand in the area beginning in early 2020.

“There was never security or a fence,” he claimed.

DA MPL Fred Nel said, the children should not have had access to the quarry.

He sat gt that this type of incident is becoming more common around the road c construction sites in Gauteng where the rain creates mud puddles on construction sites where children want to swim.

Tshwane Quarry was on the Road K54 and is part of the N4 motorway widening project.

The investigation is now complete and according to ActionSA, which has assisted the families, the investigation report recommends that the City of Tshwane, King Civil Engineering, Consulting Engineers GMH Tswelelo and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport offer redress to the two bereaved Conclusion.

“Although the Inquiry accepts that nothing Lawrence and Though Siyabonga could ever come back to life, she nonetheless recommends that a process of restoration would go a long way towards healing the Mabila and Tshwenu families. ”

He said Mamabolo has asked the lawyers handling the matter, the p process. He said the Mabila and Tshwenu families were delighted that they could finally find a solution.

“It is important that those whose negligence was responsible are held accountable.”

< p>Maria Moore , Tshwenu’s grandmother, told TimesLIVE that the children were best friends and did everything together.

“The children were inseparable…even in death God kept them together,” she said.

Mashaba said he was encouraged by the result and hoped it would benefit the families of the three boys, Samuel Maphosa, 10, Kutlwano Mkwanazi, 9 , and Tshepo Machete, 10, bode well drowned in an unattended rainwater ditch in Hammanskraal in November 2020.

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