Following a lengthy investigation into the drownings that caused the tragic deaths of Siyabonga Mabila (7), and Lawrence Tshwenu (4), ActionSA is pleased to report that the investigation has since been concluded.
The Investigative Report, amongst other things, recommends possible restorative remedy to be facilitated by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT). Although the investigation accepts that nothing could ever bring Lawrence and Siyabonga back to life, it nevertheless recommends that a restorative process would go a long way in healing the Mabila and Tshwenu families.
Resultantly, the Report recommends that the City of Tshwane, King Civil, GMH Tswelelo and the GDRT offer reparations to the two bereaved families.
To this end, the MEC for Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, Mr Jacob Mamabolo has requested the lawyers handling this matter to facilitate the process.
Soon after receiving the update from our legal team from Mkhabela Huntley Attorneys, our team, led by Councillor Abel Tau, Tshwane Housing MMC visited with the families to relay this good news to them. Both the Mabila and Tshwenu families were elated that finally they could find some closure.
Importantly that those whose negligence is responsible for the events that led to the deaths of their young children are being held accountable.
ActionSA will continue to monitor this process until the families receive what is due to them.
Similarly, we are encouraged that this outcome will bode well for the families of the three young boys, Samuel Maphosa, 10, Kutlwano Mkhwanazi, 9, and Tshepo Machete, 10, who also drowned in an unattended storm water trench in Hammanskraal in November 2020.