Tshepiso Sello (the deceased brother), Frans Tshidi (uncle), Johannes Tshidi (father), Meisie Sello (mother), Maletsatsi Sello and Lesego Sello (sisters). Picture: Thabo Rantlha
The Sello family in Lotlhakane Kortkloof village, near Groot Marico, said they would not give up until the truth was told about circumstances that led to the death of their 16-year-old son, Thabang, who was allegedly electrocuted while working on a nearby farm.
The family this week called on police to arrest the farmer for practising child labour. Sello was allegedly shocked by electrical wires through contact with an iron irrigation pipe on March 6.
"My heart is painful. I've lost my son who was a good boy. I want the true explanation from the farmer about what exactly happened to my son. "I'm still waiting for the police to us about their investigations," said Meisie Sello, Thabang's mother.
Lesego Sello, Thabang's sister, said she was heartsore because nothing would bring back the brother she loved even if someone was arrested.
Skuinsdrift development committee members Attie Montshiwa and Dan Rasikune accused the farmer of exploiting the youth. "We don't believe the information about the death of the boy and the police are not doing their work.
This is a tragedy and most cases are withdrawn by the police without suspects appearing in court," Montshiwa and Rasikune said. Several attempts to solicit comment from the farmer proved fruitless.
Our last call was answered by a white man who denied the incident at his Skuinsdrift farm before hastily passing on the phone to a man who identified himself as Rale Modise.
Modise provided numbers to contact a man identified as Malatsi to help us with details of Danie van der Merwe on whose farm, Masela Broedery, the incident allegedly took place.
We were asked to phone back in five minutes and when we did, the phone had been switched off. Provincial police spokesperson Brig Thulani Ngubane denied that police were not serving communities.
"Police are doing their duty. People should come forward with evidence that police are not working and produce case numbers for us to investigate their claims and we shall send a task team to probe those cases.
"The police are still investigating the matter and the family was informed of the postmortem results. Indeed, the boy died from electrical shock. We'll open a criminal case if we discover there were atrocities practised by the farmer."