THE DEPARTMENT of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (North West Province) and the organisers of the annual Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival have undertaken to carry the costs of the burial of the young woman who died during Festival last weekend.
MEC Ontlametse Mochware made the commitment during a departmental visit to the family of 18-year-old Lesego Khukwane in Montshioa, Mahikeng.
Initial reports indicate that she fell off the stadium stand during the Maftown Heights leg of the four-day annual Festival during the early hours of December 8.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the young woman,’’ said Mme Mochware. “It was meant to be a night of fun for the youth, yet this tragic incident happened. As the organisers of the Festival, we are very saddened, and wish her family and friends strength during this difficult period. This dampens the spirit of the Festive season, as families around the Province and country seek to be together to enjoy themselves.
“The purpose of our visit to the family was to meet with the family members and show solidarity with them in this dark hour of their lives.’’
Cata spokesperson Shuping Sebolecwe urged revellers to take special care of their safety during such events.
‘’All the necessary security measures were put in place for the Festival, as is legally required,’ he said. ‘’We urge Festival-goers to cooperate with the safety and security personnel and enjoy the festivities responsibly.
‘’It is apparent that matters got out of hand when the rain starting pouring, and people started running for cover in all directions. We don’t want the Festival to be remembered for the wrong reasons. We wish to assure members of the public that we remain committed to the safety and security of all Festival revellers.’’
Ed Note. Burial will take place this Saturday in Montshioa.
Lalang ka ntho madi a tshologe bo Khukwane.