MAHIKENG MAIL – MAHIKENG: The attitude, treatment and the general behaviour of the organisers of the Mahika Mahikeng cultural music festival towards members of the media covering the 4th annual event in Mahikeng last week left much to be desired and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
The North West province continued this week to make the headlines in various media circles for all the wrong reasons and Premier Job Mokgoro was again called upon to put out raging fires from opposition parties and certain sections of the fourth estate who have been very critical about his leadership style since his ascension to political power several months ago.
It is that time of the year again when criminals from various parts of the country will be feasting on and targeting unsuspecting communities as they carry out their criminal activities.
Criminals always seem to be a step ahead of both police and law enforcement agencies as well as members of the public in their operations which include introduction of new technics .
The now well-known stance of the Democratic Alliance (DA) regarding to the influx of foreigners into South Africa has seemingly isolated the party from among others who believe that there is nothing wrong with people seeking asylum in the country.
In fact, political parties such as the economic freedom fighters, (EFF) and the African national congress and some of its alliance partners all support the idea of foreigners entering and settling freely in the country as they say in accordance with the Freedom Charter; South Africa belongs to all who live in it”.
For the sake of the success and actual meaning of the Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Music Awards festival, it is crucial that the organisers, the department of cultures, arts and traditional affairs (CATA) ensures that the well-meaning event is not clouded with any controversy. In fact, the department must make double sure that all forms of irregularities, allegations of corruption coupled with in-fighting and all forms of unfair practices are kept as far away from the awards as possible. The recently controversy-clouded annual cultural music awards festival which the founders – the fifth administration led by Supra Mahumapelo – had hoped would be what MACUFE is to the Free State province returns to the North West province between December 6 – December 9.