LEPHALALE — The new council members of Lephalale Local Municipality (to serve in the fourth council) were officially announced at the Municipal Council Chamber on Wednesday 17 August.
The ward councillors are: Ward 1- William Matome Motlokwa (ANC); Ward 2 – Lesibana Fred Monare (ANC); Ward 3 – Nicolaas Hendrik Pienaar (DA); Ward 4 – Sybil Maud Nieuwoudt (DA); Ward 5 – Kgobisa Mishack Mogohloana (ANC); Ward 6 – Molebatsi Marcus Makgae (ANC); Ward 7 – Maphuti Elizabeth Maisela (ANC); Ward 8 – Moloko Johanna Selokela (ANC); Ward 9 – Alpheus Thulare (ANC); Ward 10 – Mphete Ratah Modiba (ANC), Ward 11 – Nnyuru John Motebele (ANC), Ward 12 – Paulina Molekwa (ANC) and Ward 13 – Astrid Erika Basson (DA).
Magistrate Chris Freund read the oath to the councillors and he said that all the councillors have to take note of the Code of Conduct.
Five councillors were elected to serve on the Executive Committee, namely Jack Maeko (ANC), William Motlokwa (ANC), Louisa Shongwe (ANC), Astrid Basson (DA) and Mosonya Semenya (EFF).
Regina Molokomme was elected as Speaker. She said that she is proud to be selected and that women will see to the smooth running of the council.
Cllr Jack Maeko has been re-elected as Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality for the next five years. He said he will remain a humble servant to the people of Lephalale. “I am more than humbled by your faith and the confidence you have shown in me to become the fourth democratically elected mayor of this municipality” he said.
He furthermore said the Council Chamber will be transformed into a mental gymnasium where robust developmental debates will take place with the sole aim of achieving the vision of Lephalale Municipality. He promised advanced economic transformation in the Lephalale area and said political emancipation should be transformed into economic well-being.
“We should develop an economic transformation policy to encourage our investors to partner with the previous disadvantaged local companies – and it should be completed within 60 days. Companies that make use of unskilled and semi-skilled workers must know that no less than 100% local employment will be accepted.
Cllr Alpheus Thulare was elected as Chief Whip of the council.
EFF members left the Council Chamber for a while – without permission from the Speaker. They said to Mogol Post that they are not interested in the election of a Mayor or Chief Whip and they will return to the Council Chamber when more “relevant” issues are discussed. Regina Molokomme, Speaker, addressed them on their behaviour and said it will not be tolerated again. “You have read the Code of Conduct. You know the rules. Stick to it” she instructed.