Dr Ruth Mompati District gets mayor, speaker

THE Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district municipality sworn-in the newly-elected district mayor, Boitumelo Mahlangu and the speaker, Lerato Maogwe at Dr Ruth Mompati district municipality chamber on Friday.

Boitumelo Mahlangu said she was indebted to be bestowed with those responsibilities. Mahlangu said she was looking forward to run the municipality and continue to improve the lives of the masses.

“We will elect the mayoral municipal committee during the first council meeting. We are applying municipal structural act and it was not bidding to elect the MMC. We are still in the confines of the legislative act. As the mayor, I have the power to choose the suitable day to decide on MMC.

“Dr Ruth Mompati is a district municipality and we have a mammoth role to play. We need to oversee things from local municipalities. We will make sure that the municipality functions well. The district municipality is an instrument that can be used by local municipalities to do oversight,” Mahlangu said.

She added that good governance will make sure that the lives of the masses are improved. Mahlangu further said she will make sure that the services that were to be rendered to local municipalities are taken into consideration.

“Good governance will bring in better lives and maximum support to local municipalities. North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo highlighted that all councillors who were elected, need to hold meetings with communities and report monthly. We will emphasise that because we are not here for luxury, but to serve the people who have voted us in.

“As public servants, we need to report back to the communities because they entrusted us by electing us. We need to keep the masses informed and that will assist in minimising challenges,” she said.

Mahlangu said they will look into the communities need and make sure they deliver on that. She said even though the district municipality is predominately rural, the initiative of village, township and small dorpies (VTSD) implemented by Mahumapelo will assist in creating job opportunities and eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment.

However EFF regional secretary in Dr Ruth Mompati district, Kabelo Tshite said he was unhappy after the mayoral municipal committee was not elected.

“At local municipalities the council was elected in a virtue of percentage, but why the situation is different in district municipalities. We are off the belief that ANC is using their majority number to isolate us. We were given the documents less than 24-hours before the inauguration. However, according to the law, we must receive them in five days time prior the meeting,” Tshite said.



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