Ritual planned for deadly Moloto road

KGOSI Kgabo Moloto III of the Moletji community and his traditional council are working on a plan to perform a ritual ceremony to appease the ancestors and bring an end to the fatal accidents on the notorious Moloto road.

KGOSI Kgabo Moloto III of the Moletji community and his traditional council are working on a plan to perform a ritual ceremony to appease the ancestors and bring an end to the fatal accidents on the notorious Moloto road.

The plan is to invite all the affected organisations, commuters, traditional and spiritual leaders, including communities around the killer Moloto road, to a night vigil on the road.

According to Moloto, who expressed his satisfaction at the fact that not a single serious accident was reported on the Moloto road since the Christmas rush, the night vigil would be followed by the slaughtering of beasts aimed at stopping fatal accidents on the killer road.

He said they still had to meet with Putco management and the Ndzundza and Manala traditional leaders before "we can come up with a date. We are planning to have it early next year".

The Moloto road has claimed the lives of many commuters, especially those travelling in taxis and Putco buses. The most recent case was of a minibus taxi that ran out of control, killing 12 occupants in October. Putco buses killed 15 commuters in separate accidents in November this year.

Moloto also called on the government to speed up the outstanding land claim lodged by the Moloto Community Land Claim Beneficiaries Association in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

In 1998 the Moloto community claimed four farms, Jakkalsdans and a portion of Hartebeesspruit (West), both in Gauteng with Prins Anna, Sybrandskraal and the remaining portion of Hartebeesspruit (East) situated in Mpumalanga. To date the government has only settled 40 of the 82 plots that form Jakkalsdans Farm.

The Moloto road cuts through the affected farms situated between KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga and Pretoria in Gauteng.

According to Post Moloto, the beneficiary's legal representative, after failing to settle the outstanding amount, the Land Claim Commission claimed it had no funds and promised to include the remaining 42 in next year's budget.

Moloto also expressed concern over the government's failure to transfer ownership of the farms in Mpumalanga to the claimants since all of them were government owned.

He said the people wanted to return to their ancestral land and to achieve this the government should speed up the process.

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