Suffer the Children

Coming up on Special Assignment this Sunday at 21:30

Six children have lost their lives as a result of the lack of service delivery to Soshanguve’s informal settlement of Marikana in Pretoria. In spite of this, life seems to be carrying on as usual in South Africa with nobody being held accountable for these senseless deaths.

After years of empty promises to be supplied with basic services including electricity, the community of Marikana is seemingly caught between various arms of the state failing to take responsibility. While Eskom claimed it could not get involved because the area, which is owned by the government, is supplied by the City of Tshwane, the City insists that Eskom is liable.

In what is a ubiquitous problem in South Africa, the people of Marikana in Soshanguve have resorted to illegal electrical connections, making the area an exposed and dangerous tangle of high voltage wires.

While criminals charge community members a lot of money to make illegal connections, at times, at the expense of human life, state institutions like the police and local government are found wanting.

How many more children must lose their lives as a result of this crime?

Watch Suffer the Children broadcast on Special Assignment, Sundays on SABC 3 and the News Channel 404 at 21h30.  

For more information contact the Special Assignment office: 011 714 6758

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