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Opinion: Death of Coligny boy was a catalyst, says Redi Tlhabi

8 May 2017 3:59 PM

Presenter Redi Tlhabi says there are urgent conversations that need to be had about some of the neglected corners of South Africa.

Presenter Redi Tlhabi says the death of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in Coligny has marked a turning point in the North West community.

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I think the death of the child was a catalyst to some reactions to long-held simmering tensions; things that were not addressed.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

She says there are urgent conversations that need to be had about some of the neglected corners of South Africa where there are still imbalanced power relations.

Certain communities are really stuck in pre-1994 patterns... Stuck in a time-warp.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

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You can see that this is not just about the death of a child, as tragic and extreme as that is.

Redi Tlhabi, 702's Afternoon Drive presenter

Take a listen to her reflections:


8 May 2017 3:59 PM

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