Double tragedy

Learners at Mookgophong’s Makhutjisha Senior Secondary School sat for their mid-year examinations this week, but with two desks standing forlornly empty.

Learners at Mookgophong’s Makhutjisha Senior Secondary School sat for their mid-year examinations this week, but with two desks standing forlornly empty.

Fellow learners Oupa Masubelele (20) and Tlaleng Maluleke (18) were scheduled to be laid to rest in separate burials respectively on Sunday 9 June and Saturday 8 June, following a heart-
wrenching double tragedy which left the community reeling in shock.

Mookgophong police spokesperson, Warrant Officer George Ledwaba, confirmed that Masubelele took his own life, shortly after the death of his schoolmate, the schoolgirl Maluleke.

He said the police could not confirm if Maluleke died from alleged strangling, pending post mortem processes.

A sombre mood engulfed the Makhutjisha Senior Secondary schoolyard and the broader township during a visit by The BEAT on Tuesday 4 June.

Plastic chairs delivered by a service provider at the Stanza Bopape Street home of the Mululeke family were testimony to the imminent burial.

Inside of the Masubelele’s Mathiba Street home, a picture of a younger post-prison Nelson Mandela punching the air, takes pride of place on the wall.

Local social workers and popular clergyman, Pastor William Sebothoma, offered comfort to both families.

In a profound mediation exercise, Sebothoma, working with Mookgophong Ministers Fraternal chairperson, Pastor Sipho Mlangeni, succeeded in convincing the two families to bury Maluleke on
Saturday 8 June, with Masubelele to be buried in Mokopane on Sunday June 9.

“Initially we attempted to have a joint burial,” he said.

The separate burial arrangements, Sebothoma said, would allow both families to attend each other’s funerals.

— The BEAT

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