The great emphasis we make on the need to build structures of sport is to contribute to building a common, prosperous future for ourselves and future generations. It is perfectly obvious that our conduct of analysis or assessment of progress in the various programmes is not done for its own sake.
For the past five years there has been less Arts, Culture and Recreation activities happening around Madibeng. This effect has also impacted in the results of youth unemployment and youth being addicted on drugs.
The Local Municipality of Madibeng has not changed its ways, old habits break hard. Of course, on a number of instances, the municipality was placed under section 139 1 (b) of the Constitution.
Let us go down memory lane and see how things transpired. On 23 March, 2010, the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) circulated the press statement title; ‘The struggle at Madibeng municipality is far from over.’ This is just a highlight on how the challenges and the problems in the municipality unfold and why they are not being resolved. In 2010, we had Sophy Molokoane-Machika as the executive mayor of the Madibeng Local Municipality and Philemon Mapulane as the municipal manager.
The municipality has too many suspended officials because of their corrupt behaviours and therefore becomes the municipality with the most acting officials. Philemon Mapulane, former municipal manager was suspended and later arrested for corruption and fraud.
The behaviours and the attitudes has now shifted to junior employees of the municipality. Everyone in the municipality is keen to pocket money whenever there is a chance to do so. Especially when heading towards the local elections, officials are aware that their term has lapsed and others their terms are about to lapse, then they are not sure whether they will be redeployed and use the opportunity to loot. A ‘mapulane, juta, makhongela’ way of doing things in Madibeng has cost too many community members their lives.
Members of the ANC battling each other
Tasting the hands of justice is something every leader of the ANC in this country should experience. ANC Provincial Regional Secretary, Tokyo Mataboge is now marked as one of those victims who have had to kiss the ground after being assaulted by an angry crowd of the same party.
Mataboge is the ANC Bojanala regional secretary, comprising the five ANC-governed municipalities of Kgetlengrivier, Moses Kotane, Moretele, Madibeng and Rustenburg. The conflict was between the camp led by ANC Provincial regional secretary, Tokyo Mataboge and allegedly that of Madibeng Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Jostina Mothibe. Apparently, Mataboge and Madibeng member of the Mayoral committee for Economic Development and Tourism, Douglas Maimane have now tasted the hands of justice. An injury to one is an injury to all, never laugh of an injured worrier bleeding like a wounded buffalo, because tomorrow you might as well be the victim, that is the ANC if you did not know. The year 2014, Maimane was assaulted by a group of people from Mothutlung after he tried to address to them regarding the shortage of water in the area.The year 2016, another ANC leader sustained critical injuries and was taken to hospital after he was removed from the hall by a gang of notorious ANC members, kicked, punched and axed with pangas to the body until he fall on the ground and rescued by his friends.
2015 has been a difficult year for the community of Madibeng. Water supplys has been a challenge. Even other African states contributed immensely toward South Africa’s water shortage.
Majakaneng’s ‘messiah’ and businessman made a difference by supplying villagers with free water from his borehole. Allegedly, Majakaneng has been in the midst of a water crisis for ten years. According to the owner of the borehole, the borehole is supplying water to more than 300 people every day. Customers were advantaged by this initiative.
New Madibeng administrator for water and sanitation, Kelebogile Mogamisi
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs briefing on the status of the intervention of section 139 1 (b). The section itself means that all the executive powers of the mayor, the single whip and the speaker as well as that of the mayoral committee and council are being withdrawn.