19 August 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Mahumapelo to promote peace and stability in the province

by: Kagiso Metswamere and Nthusang Lefafa    date: 04 May 2018

Premier Supra Mahumapelo has committed to promoting peace and stability through the government’s Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal programme (RHR), working together with traditional leaders, various churches and other religious organizations in Bokone Bophirima province.

Addressing members of the media after a meeting with the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders (NWHTL) in Sun City on Thursday last week, Premier Mahumapelo said it was time to move on and rebuild what was lost during the recent violent protests in several parts of the province.

“I have personally met with churches pursuing various beliefs who have indicated that they would work with us in government through our RHR programme to bring about peace and stability.

“I trust that very soon, depending on how the programme will unfold, we will be having many interactions on peace and stability parades and I must thank various leaders of churches who have visited me and indicated that they want to help in bringing the situation to normality in the province,” he said.

Traditional leaders invited Premier Mahumapelo to the meeting after observing the unpleasant unrests that happened over two weeks. The Premier expressed regret over what had happened, saying it was unfortunate and unnecessary for communities to have been put under such violent situations.

“Relations among citizens are now at their lowest and unfortunately some people have been injured and others lost their lives, may their souls rest in peace, because the police had to act at some point,” he said.

The Premier added that the violence has negatively affected the rebranding, repositioning and renewal programme that the government was pursuing to improve the province’s image. He however said he would be using the situation as an opportunity to rebrand, renew and reposition the province. 

He also welcomed the decision by the National Cabinet to come up with some interventions for the province. 

“I welcome unconditionally the interventions that has been announced by Cabinet, which invoked Section 100 of the country’s Constitution. It is a correct decision, particularly after the visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa recently and we will cooperate with whatever team is sent to our province to see how best we can deal with challenges we are facing in some of our departments. We will also be sharing some of the information from our engagements with Nehawu with this national task team,” he said. 

Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe, said the purpose of the meeting was to hear from the Premier about the protests and serious allegations levelled against him. 

“We are in the process of meeting the leadership in this country, our Premier, the President and those who are organisers of the protests. Our meeting with the Premier today was to question him around the unrests because we feel that people and leaders did not take us into confidence on what is happening,” he said.

Kgosi Mabe added that as dikgosi they were worried about allegations levelled against the Premier, cited as reasons for these protests.

“It was important for the Premier himself to come and explain to us what is happening because allegations against him on public courts were of serious nature.

We hope and trust that the Presidency will meet us and separately interact with groups calling for the Premier’s removal to share with us reasons that led them to come to such a conclusion,” he said. 
 
Mahumapelo said the Department of Community Safety and Transport will be assessing the damage in the province and various stakeholders are meeting to resolve issues faced by the province.
Meanwhile, Provincial Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, encouraged communities in the province to refrain from participating in criminal activities during protests. 
“We would like to urge our communities not to allow criminals to hijack service delivery protests. We are continuing to deploy public order police to various areas in the province. It is important to respect the rule of law at all times and not violate the rights of other citizens because we will arrest all criminals as it is our responsibility to do so.”