19 August 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Church leaders to pray for Bokone Bophirima  

by: Obakeng Maje      date: 04 May 2018

The situation might seem to have returned to normal in Mahikeng and other parts of Bokone Bophirima province, but a prayer for repentance and peace is needed. So says Mahikeng Ministers Fellowship (MMF).
 
Chairperson of MMF - an inter-denominational fellowship of church leaders - Senior Pastor Moss Tlalang, said they would be hosting a prayer session at the Great Grace Church in Unit 15 in Mmabatho this Friday [04 May 2018].
 
“We will hold a second half-night prayer meeting for repentance and peace at 7pm. The prayer session will be under the theme: “A cry for the city”. This is in the aftermath of the health sector strike, including the wave of protests that had gripped Mahikeng and several communities across the province.
 
“Leaders in the five-fold ministries have to stand in the gap in unity as watchmen of their cities for corporate prayer and trust God to prevail in the unfolding intervention processes. The prayer session is open to all ordained church leaders across denominations serving the Kingdom of God,” he said.
 
Pastor Tlalang added that church leaders believe that the ‘Body of Christ’ has to intensify prayer, while it plays its reconciliatory role in the current impasse for normality to be restored. He said families that have lost their loved ones as well as displaced foreign nationals who lost everything when their businesses were looted – some even torched – need to be comforted and reintegrated back into the communities.
 
“We have invited foreign nationals to our MMF’s Global Day of Prayer (GDP) event that will focus on national repentance, unity, reconciliation and against xenophobia. A report of the mediation task team that was established by MMF is among reports that will be tabled at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sunday at the Mocoseng Sundown Resort,” Tlalang said.
 
Meanwhile, the governing African National Congress (ANC) and South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, have assigned a task team to restore stability in the province after violent protests that only calmed down towards the end of last week. 
 
Most people – however - believe that the ‘sponsored’ protests were used to target Bokone Bophirima Premier and ANC provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo. ANC regional leaders allege that there is credible information that R2million has been put down to sponsor these protests by Mahumapelo’s detractors who want to oust him from both positions.  
 
ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Obed Bapela, who is also the party’s convenor of deployees to the province said: “We are very much positive because the people of North West have spoken. We have listened to them…we have heard them. We are now going to be engaging in that exercise with the Cabinet.
 
“The President has assembled a task team led by Minister in the Presidency for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The task team will be working with North West Provincial Government around the issues of service delivery. We will be checking what went wrong and why the services do not reach the people,” he said.
 
Bapela added that Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene also serves on the task team and he will be looking into allegations of corruption, maladministration and fraud raised by some people.
 
“He will look into the procurement processes and if anyone is found to be guilty, he or she will be investigated. The task team is expected to table their preliminary report to the Cabinet on the 9th of May 2018. The Cabinet is expected to come up with comprehensive interventions and deal with all those allegations raised,” Bapela said. 
 
He appealed to the people of Bokone Bophirima province “to give us a chance to test the allegations”. 
 
“Once we found that there are people implicated, they will face the music. The aim is to eradicate corruption, maladministration and fraud in our government,” Bapela said.