Two mayors escape axing

2016-08-24 06:00
FOCUSED: Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality. Photo: Tladi Moloi

FOCUSED: Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BETHLEHEM. Z Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of Maluti-a-Phofung, and Tlokotsi Motaung, the mayor of Phumelela, are the only two mayors who have survived the axe among the six municipalities in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District.

The duo has been re-elected to guide their respective municipalities, while the other four municipalities announced new mayors during their various council sittings.

Tshabalala has been guiding the municipality since September 2013, filling the shoes of Sara Moleleki, who went on to be an ANC member in the Free State Provincial Legislature, while Motaung has been mayor since December 2011.

Lindiwe Makhalema, the former chief whip of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, is the new executive mayor. She comes in to replace Tjhetane Mofokeng, whose term has come to an end.

The new mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality is Nthateng Maoke, who comes in to occupy the office of Tsheliso Jakobo, with Sello Dennis Ntsepe of Mantsopa being moved out to make room for Mamsie Tsoene.

Mamiki Mokoena is being entrusted with the mayor’s post at the Nketoane Local Municipality, as Matsukulu Molapisi makes way.

Malefu Vilakazi remains the captain of the ship at the district municipality, as she has secured her seat for the second time.

Tshabalala thanked the ANC and members of the community for showing trust in him. He added that he would appreciate if they could be forgiven where they have wronged the community.

“I want to thank all those who have showed trust in me. We know that we have not lived up to everyone’s expectations, but we will try to rectify our mistakes. We are going to work for our people with the opposition party. We should make sure that there is money in the municipality, so that we can render the services to our people,” he said.

Makhalema said she was ready to serve the community of Dihlabeng, with her first priority being land to the people. She has promised not to disappoint those who trusted her with the leadership position.

“I grew up in Bethlehem and I know the challenges that our people were faced with. I will put people first in everything that we do. We should always remember that we are here because of those people.

“I also want to thank the ANC for the responsibility vested in me,” she said.

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