By Thys Khiba
Mangaung – In a meeting with members of the Mangaung Community Concern, Mangaung Business Forum and other stakeholders, the Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela has agreed that her office will oversee the burial processes, of the late Jevano Liam Siegel, in consultation with his family.
“The meeting noted the unfortunate incident, wherein 15 year old Jevano Liam Siegel, a Grade 7 pupil at Heide Primary School, lost his life. It was agreed that the office of the Premier will oversee the burial processes in consultation with the family,” said Premier Spokesperson, Sello Pietersen.
This is after the members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Free State province have confirmed the arrest of a 57 years old security guard following the shooting of a teenage boy amid Mangaung protest and planned shutdown, earlier this this week.
“It is alleged that a group of protesters went to attack a Warehouse in Dr Belcher road, Bloemfontein. The security guard who was alone at the time, fired a shot in a quest to scare the mob but unfortunately hit a 15 years old boy,” said Police Provincial Spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.
According to Pietersen, the meeting was intended to find lasting solution to the ongoing Mangaung Shutdown. Among other issues that were discussed in the meeting are: Lack of service delivery, Access to business opportunity and Sound Management of municipal affairs.
Meanwhile, community members of Mangaung Metro Municipality were urged to remain calm and suspend the shutdown.
“We agreed that issues raised by the leaders of our community are genuine and must be looked into as a matter of urgently. The state of our municipality is not at a desired level, and that is precisely why the provincial government has intervened,” said Ntombela.
The Free State Premier, Ntombela says that they all agreed that they want a functional municipality.