Premier Modise visits family of first victim of Oukasie resistance to force removal
1 Sep 2012As part of her dialogue with communities for the Public Participation Programme to be held in Oukasie outside Brits today, North West Premier Thandi Modise will today pay a courtesy visit to the family of the first victim to be bombed by apartheid security forces.
Joyce Modimoeng who was married to Numsa organiser David Modimoeng died in the attack that was targed at activists that led the resistance against the force removal of residents of the township which is celebrating 100 years this year. Her husband sustained serious injuries from the shrapnels of the hand grenade that destroyed the bedroom that the couple were sleeping in at the time of the attack.
The first state of emergency ushering detention without trial for anti-apartheid activists was declared by the apartheid state led by then President PW Botha on the eve of Joyce Modimoeng’s burial. Activists arrested at the include among others Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Brits Action Committee leaders including young activists.
Premier Thandi Modise and members of her entourage will proceed to Oukasie Sports Ground for the launch of Heritage and Tourism Month and interaction with the community on its concerns, grievances and advise on how government could improve service delivery .
The interaction will take place as from 9h30 after Modise’s visit to the Modimoeng homestead where families of victims will also gather.
The public participation programme formerly known as Imbizo is a forum for enhancing dialogue and interaction between government and the people promotes participation of the public in the programmes to improve their lives.
Lesiba Moses Kgwele
Tel: 018 388 3705
Cell: 083 629 1987
Fax: 086 620 4802
Issued by: North West Office of the Premier
1 Sep 2012
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