'Where's our money?'

Matsha survivors yet to receive promised compensation

The Government’s handling of last year’s Matsha tragedy continues to attract criticism following revelations that the survivors have still not received their promised P6, 000 compensation.

More than a year has elapsed since the fateful accident, when a truck transporting students from Matsha College overturned, resulting in the deaths of eight pupils.

However, speaking at the Kweneng District full council meeting this week, Councillor for Khudumelapye, Sesung and Metsibotlhoko, Bokopano Tumiso revealed that the survivors have not yet received a thebe of the money they were promised – despite accounts being set up for them long ago.

Tumiso noted that a number of companies and individuals contributed to a disaster fund account created in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and questioned why it was taking so long for the money to be released.

Speaking exclusively to The Voice after the council session’s adjournment, Tumiso further grieved about the government doing things at ‘a snail’s pace’.

He complained that the parents of the children who died were promised houses, noting that although building on these houses has started, work is currently at a standstill due to a shortage of materials.

Tumiso was also unhappy at the amount being offered to the survivors, saying, “My wish is that instead of being given P6, 000, these students could be sponsored to study in tertiary institutions as it would benefit them more in the future.”

Meanwhile, Kweneng District Commissioner, Dr Temba Mmusi admitted the promised amount had not yet been given to the survivors, claiming that the issue was still to be finalised.

However, Dr Mmusi assured The Voice that the relevant details were almost complete and the money would soon be divided and officially handed over to the students.

The District Commissioner went on to confirm that building on the two-bedroomed houses for the family’s of the eight casualties was still on-going.