cHolera outrage

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The outbreak of cholera in the Sekhukhune area of Limpopo has brought misery to the family of a councillor in the Greater Tubatse municipality.

Jeanette Mashegoane had her eight-room house burnt down, allegedly by angry villagers who accused her of failing to provide them with water.

The incident happened at GaMampuru village near Steelpoort on Sunday night.

Mashegoane is now homeless. Damage to her house is estimated at R400000.

On Saturday unruly youths and other residents stoned a car that had brought mayor Samuel Mamekoa to the funeral of one of 16 people suspected of having died of cholera.

This incident resulted in the arrest of seven people. They were charged with public violence and malicious damage to property.

Mashegoane said she was still baffled by this turn of events because she was not responsible for that village but for a nearby one.

Not only did the villagers burn down her house, they also razed her mother's house, she said from a hideout yesterday.

"I still don't know why my house was attacked. The people know very well that I'm not responsible for their village," she said.

"I suspect someone might have misled the community."

She said her family had since taken refuge at the Schoonoord police station.

A source in the area said residents had blocked roads leading to the village.

According to police spokesman Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba no one had been arrested in connection with the incident.

"We condemn the attacks in the strongest possible terms. We will deal with anyone who takes the law into his or her own hands," said Ramatseba.

Meanwhile, the seven people who were arrested for smashing the mayor's car were yesterday released on warning.

They will appear in court again on February 5.