Speaker receives fond farewell

2016-04-20 06:00
SPEAKER of the Phokwane Municipality, Dieketseng Moeketsi’s, coffin was covered in both the ANC and the ECCSA flags on Saturday during her funeral service in the Kgomotso High School’s hall.  Photos: Boipelo Mere

SPEAKER of the Phokwane Municipality, Dieketseng Moeketsi’s, coffin was covered in both the ANC and the ECCSA flags on Saturday during her funeral service in the Kgomotso High School’s hall. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE speaker of the Phokwane Municipality, Dieketseng Moeketsi, was given a fitting farewell at her funeral held at Kgomotso High School in Pampierstad.

The hundreds of people who gathered there sang freedom songs and church choruses interchangeably.

According to the funeral programme, the speaker had been born into a Christian family and was baptised by her great-great-grandfather, Bishop David Tehedi Moeketsi of the Ethiopian Catholic Church of South Africa (ECCSA).

She died as a full and committed member of the church and thus her coffin was covered in both the ANC and the ECCSA flags.

However, it was her political activism that saw speakers X ranging from the municipal mayor, Robbie Tsikwe, deputy provincial chairperson of the ANC Women’s League, Maria Kibi, and the provincial secretary of the ANC, Zamani Saul X sharing the stage with the church.

Speaker after speaker spoke fondly of Moeketsi as a committed person who had given her all, which was what drew attention to her leadership qualities.

Tsikwe described Moeketsi as an independent thinker who never took things at face value, while Kibi spoke eloquently of the time she had known Moeketsi.

According to the programme, Moeketsi started her political life in the ranks of the ANC Youth League and served in the branch executive committee of the Kenneth Mojela branch in Pampierstad.

Moeketsi rose in stature in the ANC as she was elected to various positions, such as branch secretary from 2004 to 2005. She then served in the regional executive committee from 2010 and was elected to a regional working committee and served until her death.

Between 2013 and 2014, she had the honour of serving in the regional task team after the disbandment of the national executive committee of the ANC Youth League.

In 2014, Moeketsi was elected to the provincial executive committee of the ANC Women’s League in the Northern Cape.

She reached the apex of her life when she was elected councillor for Phokwane Local Municipality and was seconded to serve in the Francis Baard District Municipality.

As a member of the mayoral committee, she was responsible for policy and institutional development.

Then, after the 2011 local government elections, Moeketsi was made the Speaker of the Phokwane Municipality.

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