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In respect of the media statement released by Arrive Alive on Saturday 25 March 2017, Setsoto Local Municipality would like to convey its deepest sympathy to the family of the young boy who lost his life as a result of drowning. However, the municipality wishes to state the following on record:

It is indeed regrettable that a young life was lost as a result of uncovered manhole, an old manhole located at the outskirts of the location near Mokodumela Section in Hlohlolwane. This was an used or abandoned manhole that was never operational, it is very unfortunate that despite the municipality twice fencing it as a result of security measure theft and vandalism by members of the community continued now such incentive act claimed the life of a child today. The damage that was caused at this infrastructure led to the covers of the manhole being ripped off, fencing, roof structure and all steel material stolen.

The Municipality would also like to emphasise that the cause of death was not sewer in the manhole as portrayed but water from the recent rain as the manhole was not functional. The Municipality deeply regrets what has happened and sends its sincere condolences to the family and the community at large. The municipality wishes to convey a stern warning to community members who are constantly vandalising municipal properties and ultimately causing such demise to communities.

Issued by Communications.

For media enquiries contact Communication Officer – Moroesi Gaba