Mahikeng: Premier Kaobitsa Abel Bushy Maape (64) is the incumbent for the premier position in the North West province. Maape is an academic and a former Robben Island prisoner. He holds seniority in the ANC for his antiapartheid struggle credential. He was one of the first six ANC prisoners released from Robben Island following President F.W. de Klerk’s decision to release political prisoners. He has been deployed in the office of the premier as well as other positions in the provincial government. Before his appointment he served as Premier Job Mokgoro’s Economic advisor. He also holds degrees in Psychology, economics, development, management and governance.
Maape has served as chairperson of the ANC’s Kgalagadi region, the director: RDP, chief director: strategic planning and development unit in the Office of the Premier, the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the Department of Provincial and Local Government as well as a member of the Municipal Demarcation Board.
Why Mokgoro had to go?
Mmabatho: Mokgoro’s exit has been in the works for months and tension had already build up between him and the ANC. Provincially he had already been challenged from the day he was appointed premier. He was always seen as a weak and unpopular leader from the onset after having replaced his then boss Supra Mahumapelo in a scenario now playing out in his own replacement.
The ANC had blamed him for the collapse of municipalities in the NW. Rewind to 2018; Mokgoro had inherited a province already marred by allegations of corruption, he was appointed to rescue the situation after the removal of the former premier. Sources have said that he was already starting to raise red flags in addressing his mandate and this was going to cause problems for some in the province who had their hands in the state coffers.
According to the Daily Maverick his allies have likened what had happened to Mokgoro as a “coup d’état” and a “power grab”…they believed that some people wanted to push him out because the party is due to go to a provincial conference by March next year, and people needed resources to campaign. These guys don’t have funds… “They can’t buy the conference, and they can’t steal the conference. The only way they can do this is by taking over the state apparatus.”
His last push back as premier was the feud he had with Mmolokie Cwaile who he had dismissed recently and replaced with Lenah Miga which was to be his last act as Premier.
Why not any of the candidates?
Johannesburg: According to the ANC Bushy “Maape is reportedly seen as a compromise candidate to appease party factions”.
Mahikeng: North West Premier Bushy Maape together with members of the provincial executive and traditional leadership of the Barolong Boo Ratshidi Tribal Authority led by Kgosi Jeff Montshioa laid wreaths at the grave of the first secretary of the African National Congress Montshiwane Dick Montshioa.
The premier was accompanied by delegation of MEC’s from different provincial department including, Arts and Culture, Economic Develop, Agriculture and Transport.
Kgosi Montshioa took the delegation to all other historic sites around the Kgotlha of Barolong which include the lineage of the Royal family as well as the Anglo Boer war memorial.
Mahikeng: Councillor Molefe Khumalo was duly elected by the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality council as the Executive Mayor.
In his inaguaral address and acceptance speech Khumalo indicated that there is work to be done in the municipality and the new council must work together to address these issues.
He also invited opposition parties to be part of the work that must done.
“I invite all of us to come work together.
Let us join hands to stop confusing our children. If our children in Mahikeng were given home work and they are asked what is the colour of water. I think in Mahikeng the children will say it’s brown.”
“I want to illiminate the use of bottled water in our meetings. It will force us to provide quality water in our district.”
“The was a budget that was allocated to solve the issue of water what happened to that money?”
“We have an international airport and the license is elsewhere. We have Mmabatho stadium which used to attract alot of big teams”
“We had Letlamoreng dam, we also had a recording studio that was sold mysteriously. I want to engage the province using the district development model. “
“There is sufficient capacity here at home. We have Mmabana and we touched it and we want to apologies.”
“We must work towards the revival of tourism in Ngaka Modiri Molema District, people used to flock the district and what has changed that.”
“We must reignite the tourism of Ngaka Modiri Molema District; why have we let that to die? What will we say to our children; where were we, when our peers were taking all our things?”
“There is a drive to sell anything that moves in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. We need to preserve what we have, not for us but for our children”
MAHIKENG: Tshepiso Mphehlo joins the newly elected crop of young mayors elected in to municipal councils together with speaker Ofentse Mathe. Mahikeng becomes one of the municipalities with some of the youngest councils in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District. A move celebrated across the spectrum which has been viewed as a milestone and turning point in local government.
Mphehlo was elected mayor opposed by a coalition of minority parties who also put forth their own candidate’s who succumbed to the majority of the ANC who hold 40 seats against 30 by the opposition combined.
In his acceptance speech Mphehlo vowed to change the situation around in the ailing municipality. Adding that it was now time for councillors to take responsibility for the positions they have been elected to and deliver services to the people.
“We must bring back the rich legacy of this town…” said Mphehlo…
MAHIKENG: The Mahikeng Local Municipality today 22 November 2021, hosts its first post election council meeting at the Mmabatho Civic Center. This to swear in new members of council as well as the election of council officials.