Tlokwe’s fate in its people’s hands

As voting began in Tlokwe’s Ward Nine on Wednesday, community leaders said they were surprised by the low turnout, but hoped numbers would increase later.

The different parties and candidates were confident of making inroads in the by-elections. The Congress of the People believed its work would be enough to ensure victory for its candidate, Phiri Abram Khoarai. The party’s North West spokesman, Kenneth Maduna, the only Cope member in the Tlokwe municipality, said they planned to accelerate service delivery in the area.

“Given a chance to lead the ward we are going to ensure that the process of building RDP houses is fast-tracked and people have access to water and toilets,” he said. The other candidates for the ward are Mary Segogonyane Mosieleng for the African National Congress, Jacky Tobolo for the Democratic Alliance, Matong Ben Tshesebe for the African People’s Convention, and independent Khotso Ratikoane.

Speaking about Ward 19, which he leads, Maduna said they had been able to implement some of the projects they had promised the people. They were in a coalition with the DA to unseat the ANC in the municipality.

He said they supported DA mayor Annette Combrick as they felt the DA would bring stability to the municipality. ANC mayor Maphetle Maphetle has been voted out twice since November and replaced by Combrink.

“The main factor is to bring a municipality that is up to standard and intends to maintain service delivery to the people,” Maduna said. The DA’s Tobolo said they welcomed anyone willing to work with them to bring about change.

“It is not about who wins or loses, but the fight for a better life for all. We want clean governance and proper service delivery for our people, which is what I believe the community wants and needs,” he said.

Tobolo promised to lead based on what residents needed, not what he felt was necessary for them. He spoke of the need to help locals stand on their feet and be empowered. “We are going to be assisting the community with bursaries for their children. We are going to make sure our community receives what they ask for,” he said.