Tax­pay­ers play their part, come on politi­cians!

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - An open let­ter to the premier of the North West Prov­ince Le­sego Sech­aba Mo­gotsi

DEAR Hon Premier Mahumapelo, I was in Mahikeng dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days and came back very dis­ap­pointed. As far as I know, Mahikeng is still the ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment, Ngaka Modiri Molema Dis­trict and Mafikeng Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. For a town that is the seat of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment, Mahikeng is in a ter­ri­ble state of de­cay and over­all looks filthy.

With all the beau­ti­fully crafted Set­sokot­sane ob­jec­tives, Hon­ourable Premier, I still do not un­der­stand why Mahikeng is be­ing so ne­glected and there seems to be no sign of in­ter­ven­tion from of­fi­cials from the lo­cal and dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and provin­cial gov­ern­ment. The town looks ne­glected, and is rid­dled with mas­sive pot­holes.

Hon­ourable Premier, I hon­estly do not un­der­stand why, in 2017, we still have some of­fi­cials who get paid ev­ery month with­out fail; but can’t do the basics such as clean the town and fix pot­holes. If tax­pay­ers are do­ing their part with­out fail, why are the politi­cians at the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture, dis­trict coun­cil and lo­cal coun­cil not do­ing their po­lit­i­cal over­sight?

Hon­ourable Premier, some­thing needs to be done in Mahikeng to en­sure that mu­nic­i­pal man­agers, se­nior man­agers, man­agers and su­per­vi­sors at the dis­trict and lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity do what they are em­ployed to do.

Res­i­dents of Mahikeng de­serve a much bet­ter ser­vice from the lo­cal and dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and provin­cial gov­ern­ment; and they should not be held to ran­som by some of­fi­cials who do not ap­pre­ci­ate what pub­lic ser­vice is all about.

The premier in his State of the Prov­ince ad­dress promised to change the face of Mahikeng through re-brand­ing, re­po­si­tion­ing and re­newal. The premier promised to turn Mahikeng into the real City of Good­will, but there was no sign of the city at work dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days.

With­out a doubt, our peo­ple need to have their land re­turned; our peo­ple want free­dom that has mean­ing­ful im­pact on their lives; and most im­por­tantly, our peo­ple need free­dom that can re­store their dig­nity.

We can re­store the dig­nity and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery to our peo­ple if we can fo­cus on em­ploy­ing peo­ple from all walks of life with ex­ten­sive prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and qual­i­fi­ca­tions who are pre­pared to serve our peo­ple with pride. Hon­ourable Premier, Sec­tions 139 (1) – (8) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic is spe­cific on proac­tive ac­tions that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment should take when a mu­nic­i­pal­ity fails to ful­fil its ex­ec­u­tive obli­ga­tions. It is im­por­tant for the premier to es­tab­lish why Mahikeng is in such a ter­ri­ble state of ne­glect. If it is an is­sue of ca­pac­ity and in­com­pe­tency at mu­nic­i­pal level, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment still has the constitutional obli­ga­tion to in­ter­vene in the af­fairs of Mafikeng Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Ngaka Modiri Molema Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to en­sure there is ser­vice de­liv­ery and nec­es­sary ca­pac­ity is de­vel­oped.

Re­spect­fully yours,

Mahikeng is in a ter­ri­ble state of de­cay and over­all looks filthy


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