The Vaal icon struggle Mother Theresa celebrates her 54 birthday

A house was built for Theresa Ramashamole, the only woman sentenced to the gallows, in celebration of her resilience and gallant fight against apartheid system, by Emfuleni Local Municipality. The two-bedroom house was built by Wami Nhlapo the constructor, in honouring the role played by Theresa, one of the Sharpeville Six.

The Sharpeville six got arrested for their role in the death of the late deputy mayor under the notorious Black Local Authorities.

Theresa RamashamoleMashatile said “ we are on course talking with the Municipal Demarcation Board to do away with the current existing system of both local and district municipality in favour of a single metro system like those we have at the city of Johannesburg, Tshwane to make sure we have seamless municipal administration he told the SABC and other media present.

As we celebrate 20 years of democracy and 30th commemoration of Vaal uprising we appreciate the democratically elected councilors therefore let’s work with them. You councilors remember you are the community public servants you don’t do people a favour when they ask for municipal services it’ is your duty. In the same breath you private households and business people it is your duty to pay for the rendered municipal services.

“Let us work together with all the municipalities of Sedibeng region to bring closure to the 3rd September 1984 , Asinamali rent boycott campaign, urged government leaders and the civil society leaders addressing the multitudes of Sedibeng people attending the 30th commemorations of the Vaal uprising.

“I am happy today my dream has been realized. I finally know when I die my body will come out of my own houses”, said a tearful, wheelchair bound Theresa. Emfuleni Local Municipality’s executive mayor Greta Hlongwane flanked by bishop Wami Nhlapo presented her with house keys built at Golden Gardens Estate in Sebokeng along the Golden Highway.

A church service was held to mark the official opening of Ramashamole house and her birthday.

The 30th Vaal uprising commemoration ended with the symbolic march starting at zone 12, Roman Catholic Church led by then leaders of Vaal Forum of churches, Vaal Civic Association, United Democratic Front.

Also attending were Lerato Maloka the Lesedi local municipality executive mayor, Greta Hlongwane of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Bongani Baloyi of Midvaal Local Municipality .The day commemoration took place at zone 7 stadium with advocate Gcina Malindi, Mahole Simon Mofokeng Sedibeng district executive mayor, Paul Mashatile a member of Parliament, and reverend Gift Makume, SACC secretary general as the speakers for the day. The central messages delivered to the people of Sedibeng region is to work together with their duly elected ward councilors to bring visible local development.

Reverend Makume made a public plea against the culture of mushrooming concerns groups who resort to closing of roads, destroying public and private properties to stop it. Please negotiate with our duly elected political authorities to get amicable solutions we don’t need this vicious cycle of violent protests concluded Makume.

By Thabiso Radebe

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