15 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Premier Mokgoro vows to fight greed, crime and corruption

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 11 july 2018

Premier of Bokone Bophirima, Professor Job Mokgoro, said the provincial government needs to ensure that it regains the confidence of the people. 
 
Mokgoro said this during his engagement with stakeholders in the province to outline his vision and programme of action for the remainder of the current government administration term, which ends next year. 
 
He said working together towards a common vision would help government succeed. 
 
“That can be achieved if we all pull in the same direction, with the same pace, but with more commitment and vigour to change the lives of our people. Public service must be more than drawing salaries at the end of the month. It should be about doing the community a good service in an efficient, committed and honest manner,” the Premier said.
 
“Public service must be a complete dedication to the people and to the growth of a nation. I believe that there’s no higher calling in terms of a career than being in the public service. It provides us with an opportunity to make a difference in ordinary people’s lives and improve their livelihoods,” said Mokgoro.
 
The Premier addressed senior and middle managers from various provincial government departments based in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality at Mmabatho Convention Centre, in Mahikeng on Tuesday. 
 
“We meet under circumstances that necessitated a gathering of this nature and magnitude. It is not everyday that such happens, but here we are meeting here today to respond to the urgent needs of all the people of the North West province.
 
“Our people demonstrated through protests, some extremely violent, leading to the destruction of public and private property in almost all major towns, townships and villages across the province. Because they are of the view and belief that this government of theirs is no longer listening to them or serving them, thus eroding any confidence they might have had in this government,” he said.
 
Mokgoro said government has put systems in place so as to be able to measure its ability to deliver quality services to the satisfaction of those intended to receive those services. The Premier said the Batho Pele principle is important for achieving this.
 
“There must be a proper consultation wherein citizens are to be consulted about the level and quality of the public services they receive. We also urge our public servants to treat our citizens with courtesy. Let us ensure that we also give citizens full, accurate information about the public services they are entitled to receive.
 
“We need to practice openness and transparency to ensure that citizens are well-informed as to how national and provincial government departments are run, how much they cost, and who is in charge,” he said.
 
Mokgoro added that there must be leadership and strategic direction within government, especially in the fight against crime, greed and corruption.
 
“We will ensure that we curb neo-patrimonialism within our government and ensure that we work closely with the law enforcement agencies. We want to see accountability and corruption should be a thing of the past.
 
“We will not allow our government departments to become a breeding ground for corrupt activities. The party is indeed over and it is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Mokgoro said.
 
The Premier rebuked public servants who have seemingly adopted a “don’t care attitude” that led to loitering and absconding from work without any consequences. 
 
Mokgoro said the provincial government welcomed Section 100 intervention by Cabinet’s Inter-ministerial Task Team.
 
“Broad consultations have been undertaken and we have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the implementation of the necessary interventions.
 
“Administrators have already been appointed to oversee the espoused interventions in some of the departments and work has begun in earnest. I wish to therefore appeal to all of you present, and your colleagues who are not present here today, to co-operate with those deployed in those departments”.