ActionSA recently promised Mamelodi families whose children tragically drowned at an unattended quarry during their first visit that they would return for a second visit.
The party returned to the family on 23 March 2021 for the second visit with the Lily Mine legal team from Mkhabela Huntley Attorneys Incorporation led by senior council Wendel Bloem to finalize plans to pursue legal action against those responsible for the gross negligence that led to the tragic incident.
ActionSA President, Mr Herman Mashaba, said their legal team, together with the families began the visit at the site of the crime scene where Siyabonga Mabela (7), and Lawrence Tshweu (4) met their tragic and untimely deaths.
The team then proceeded to the Mabela family home for a formal briefing with the attorneys so that legal action papers can be drawn up and urgently served to the City of Tshwane and Gauteng Department of Transport as the official accounting authorities responsible for the tragedy.
Last year, a similar tragedy occurred in Hammanskraal where three Young boys, Samuel Maphoso (10), Kutlwano Mkhwanazi (9), and Tshepo Machete (10) also drowned in an unattended stormwater trench.
Mr Mashaba said that ActionSA is pleased to announce that the same legal team is ready with the papers to institute legal action against the City of Tshwane within a month or so.
“What is most troubling is that the people we have entrusted with the provision of service delivery to make our communities safe seem to care less about the irreversible implications of their actions where the lives of children are put in danger,” he said.
Mr Mashaba the community of Skierlik has little to no proper access to water and sanitation facilities 27 years into democracy and that they are not the one ones.
“It is immensely disappointing that as we were celebrating Human Rights Day this past long weekend, one cannot help but be reminded of the deep betrayal the people of our country have suffered at the hands of the ANC government. Here we find ourselves enduring even worse living conditions than we did prior to 1994,” he said.