Mothutlung memorial underway

A memorial service for the three Mothutlung residents who died this week is underway.

A memorial service for the three Mothutlung residents who died this week is underway. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Family members of the three people who died during violent service delivery protests in Mothutlung in the North West have urged the community to think of them every time they open their taps.

A memorial service is being held in the area today for the deceased.

It's alleged they died at the hands of police, who were trying to quell the demonstrations that erupted over water-supply problems in the township.

The brother of one of the deceased has slammed authorities, saying people first had to die before they responded to the community's needs.

He says the government and democracy killed his brother.

Meanwhile, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is sitting on the stage with other delegates attending the service.

Relatives of the deceased are sitting in the front row of the community hall, wiping away tears while government officials hand out bottles of water to mourners.