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Kopanong Mayor Tseletsele predicts Jagersfontein tragedy in 2021

by Thys Khiba
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The Mayor of Kopanong Local Municipality, and ANCYL Provincial Coordinator Xolani Tseletsele

By Thys Khiba – The Mayor of Kopanong Local Municipality, Xolani Tseletsele, in February 2021, predicted and warned the Free State government about the possibility of bursting of a mine dam wall sweeping  away several houses and cars in Jagersfontein.

Tseletsele wrote and complained, on social media, about the operations of the mining company, alleging that at least 10 years ago a mining company came to the area with no water-plan for its operation, “because at the back of its mind it had concluded that for its operation it will bribe the politicians”.

“About few metres away from this non-compliant dam, are houses of the masses of our people, who are automatically subjected to dangerous conditions. If that dam breaks loose, the whole muddy water will ruin lives, cause deaths and damage to the community” said Tseletsele in a social media post. 

This comes after a mine dam collapsed and swept away houses and cars in the area on Sunday morning.

“35 patients have been transported to Diamant Hospital in Jagersfontein, amongst them 1 pregnant lady, 4 with fractured limbs the rest for bruises & hypothermia.

5 more patients were transported to Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. One lifeless body have since been recovered. However, the search and rescue efforts are continuing,” said Premier’s spokesperson Palesa Chubusi.

The Premier of the province, Sisi Ntombela, with MEC for Cooperative Governance Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Mxolosi Dukwana, MEC for Health Montseng Tsiuand the Director General of the Free State Provincial Government Mr Kopung Ralikontsane, on the 11 September, visited the area following the collapse of a mining dam that left hundreds destitute.

“Our preliminary report thus far indicates that no educational facilities were affected.”

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Premier Sefora Ntombela and President Cyril Ramaphosa at Jagersfontein Community Meeting on Tuesday, 12 September 2022

Yesterday President Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by Ministers of different national departments and government officials joined Ntombela.

“I am thankful to President Ramaphosa who, upon hearing of this tragedy, joined us in a show of support in our moment of grief,” Ntombela said.

Ramaphosa promised community members whose homes were destroyed, will receive support from government. 

At least one community member, ntate Mosweu has passed away due to the tragedy.

Various stakeholders and non-profit organisations as Meals on Wheels, South African Red Cross visited the area and conductedtheir assessments to see how many people are affected and what other basic needs besides food are needed.

A report on the circumstances surrounding the incident hasn’t been released yet. 

At the time of writing this article, IOL News couldn’t get a view from the management of the affected mine.

The ANCYL Fezile Dabi Region shared their message of comfort and support with the ANCYL Provincial Coordinator and mayor of the affected municipality Tseletsele.

“As we have realized and made aware by a warning in form of a post by the Councillor in Jagersfontein Cde Xolani Tseletsele on the 21st of February 2021 on Facebook about the ticking bomb the same dam was, merely 18 months later the very same bomb has exploded, it is true when they say leaders are born and we today because of that, Cde Xolani Tseletsele is a born leader who is brought to Jagersfontein by God and hence we are so sure he will conquer this stage and pass it with his Jagersfonteinpeople like Moses did in Egypt,” said ANCYL Fezile Dabi chairperson Edgar Legoale.

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ANCYL Fezile Dabi Regional Chairperson Edgar Legoale and Regional Spokesperson Babiki De Wet addressing Media Briefing

The youth league said they are angered by the various provincial departments who allegedly ignored the warning by Tseletsele.

“We are also angry at our ANC leaders in different Provincial Departments for ignoring to heed to the warning in a form of a call by the Activist in Cde Xolani to have raised the danger of this dam, the failures by the mine to cater and protect the people of Jagersfontein for far too long or because they are benefitting through this Zama-Zama kind of a mine?”

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