20 January 2019


Praises for Mangope’s contribution to Bokone Bophirima

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 02 february 2018

Thousands of mourners came out to bid farewell to former president of Bophuthatswana homeland, Kgosi Lucas Manyane Mangope, at Motswedi village near Lehurutshe last Saturday. 
Mangope died at his home at the age of 94 after a short illness.
Dignitaries like former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Kenneth Meshoe, Congress of the People (Cope) leader, Mosioua Lekota and former Premier of Bokone Bophirima, Popo Molefe, were part of the proceedings. 
Provincial Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe, said Mangope played an important role in developing the communities of the former homeland. Mabe said Mangope laid an undisputable foundation for future generations. 
“Our message to his children is that they need to show the public that they come from a unique family. They must continue to carry values and morals Mangope instilled in them. They must have the interest of the Lehurutshe community at heart like their father. As the North West House of Traditional Leaders, we have also learnt a lot from Mangope.
“We will continue to ensure that we fight for development in our communities. I believe that we need to set a good example that people can remember us for,” he said.
Mangope’s childhood friend, Barta Dorrenstein, from Legacy Company said: “I met Mangope while I was still a student. He contributed immensely in infrastructural development in the then Bophuthatswana homeland. We built Mmabatho Sun and our company became involved in many projects across Bophuthatswana,” Dorrenstein said. 
“We also launched manpower projects [now known as FET colleges] where people were trained, mentored and obtained various skills. He had a very good vision and came up with teachers’ colleges and built luxury hotels like Sun City. Mangope loved God and education, hence he also built churches and schools,” he said.
Dorrenstein said Mangope was a man with a big vision. 
“I believe that the vision that Mangope had for Bophuthatswana is the one that South Africa should have. He invested in the people. We need selfless leaders like Mangope as the country. He improved many lives and died neither a rich nor a poor man,” he said.
Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, said through the provincial government’s Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) programme, the Fifth Administration reached out to Kgosi Mangope because he was an important part of the province’s leadership. 
“We visited Kgosi Mangope and his family while he was still alive as part of RHR. Despite the difficulties we had in South Africa, it is important for us to close that chapter even if we do not forget it. We need to use the lessons of the past to build a better present and future.
“The important factor is to come together as a nation, irrespective of the colour of our skin. We need to come together to resolve the problems of the past and build a better South Africa. We will be able to create job opportunities, deal with unemployment, inequality and poverty. We also need to develop skills for young people in the country,” Mahumapelo said. 
The Premier said government was there to console the Mangope family and the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) as a party because it has lost a leader. 
“Mangope’s family was very happy that government has come in and accorded him a civic funeral. He deserved a dignified funeral because he served at the North West Provincial Legislature and contributed immensely in building our country going forward,” he said. 
Mangope’ son, Kwena Mangope, said his father has requested to be buried in an ordinary coffin instead of an expensive casket, a wish he was granted.