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New park named in honour of soccer player

Kwa-Thema ? A new park has been built in memory of Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane.The park stretches from Mashila to Luthumbu streets.Simelane, a 31-year-old midfielder for the women's national soccer team, was murdered in a homophobic attack on April 27, 2008.She was gang raped and stabbed multiple times.Ward 74 councillor Thulani Simelane explained it was decided to name the park after the soccer player since the site is where her body was found.?We want her to be remembered for the contribution she made to the LGBTQI community and local soccer. ?The project is also part of the rehabilitation of wetlands in the area.?The first phase of the project is nearing completion and employees are carrying out the final touches.?The park enjoyed a R6-million budget with five local sub-constructors and absorbed 19 employees,? he said.Simelane urged residents to refrain from removing the cement cones to gain entry into the park. ?We are urging residents to take care of the park and ensure it is not vandalised. ?The next phase of the park will be constructed in the next financial year and it will stretch to Pollak Park,? he said.Project community liaison officer Esther Pendu added they still need to plant trees, flowers and install solar lights at the park.?We planned to install a security fence but this can no longer be the case because the budget has been scaled down,? she said.

Kwa-Thema – A new park has been built in memory of Banyana Banyana player Eudy Simelane.

The park stretches from Mashila to Luthumbu streets.Simelane, a 31-year-old midfielder for the women’s national soccer team, was murdered in a homophobic attack on April 27, 2008.She was gang raped and stabbed multiple times.

Ward 74 councillor Thulani Simelane explained it was decided to name the park after the soccer player since the site is where her body was found.

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“We want her to be remembered for the contribution she made to the LGBTQI community and local soccer.

“The project is also part of the rehabilitation of wetlands in the area.

“The first phase of the project is nearing completion and employees are carrying out the final touches.

“The park enjoyed a R6-million budget with five local sub-constructors and absorbed 19 employees,” he said.

Simelane urged residents to refrain from removing the cement cones to gain entry into the park.

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“We are urging residents to take care of the park and ensure it is not vandalised.

“The next phase of the park will be constructed in the next financial year and it will stretch to Pollak Park,” he said.

Project community liaison officer Esther Pendu added they still need to plant trees, flowers and install solar lights at the park.

“We planned to install a security fence but this can no longer be the case because the budget has been scaled down,” she said.

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