Nkewu will be sadly missed

The late MEC for social services in the North West province, Kgakgamatso Nkewu was in office for only two months when she died tragically in a horrific road accident near Vryburg while on her way to an ANC election rally in Taung where ANC deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa was officiating last Thursday.

And when the news of her passing hit the air waves across and province and country, people, especially those in the province reacted with shock and disbelieve.

One of the first people on the scene of the accident was Premier Supra Mahumapelo who was both her chairperson in the provincial leadership of the ANC and her leader in the provincial administration.

Naturerally, Mahumapelo was deeply touched when seeing her lifeless body at the scene. He reacted with shock deep sadness. As the provincial government and the ANC. we have just lost one of the most hardworking comrades in our organisation and government”, he was quoted as having told his other comrades at the scene.

The ANC Women’s League in the area was equally saddened by Nkewu’s untimely and sudden death of “our Deputy Provincial Chairperson who is also the Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in the province”, ANCWL provincial secretary, Brigitte Mogakwe said in her reaction.

She added that her organisation would “continue to celebrate that her death came when she had already made notable strides in only two months in her office as MEC”.

Speaking as a friend at Nkewu’s memorial service attended by hundreds in Mmabatho on Tuesday, Manketsi Tlhape said their bond as friends had grown even stronger after she joined the provincial government as MEC and they would even compete to determine who the best was in their respective portfolios “for the betterment of our communities”

ANC Chief Whip, Hoffman Galeng said they had lost a hardworking treasurer in the ANC whose space would be too wide to fill.

\Representing the Democratic Alliance, the very sad Jacqueline Theologo remarked, “we might have belonged to different political parties, but we were friends. I was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of the accident and my heart sank when I saw what had befallen my friend, MEC Nkewu”.

We at Mahikeng Mail would also like to take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of MEC Fenny Gaolaolwe and North West provincial Speaker, Sussana Dantjie who also lost their relatives in separate incidents last weekend.

MEC Gaolaolwe’s father, John Motladiile died early on Sunday morning while Mme Salome Molefe, who is the Speaker’s aunt also passed on last week. We also wish to convey our condolences to the family of an old friend, former Judge in the erstwhile Bophuthatswana and North West, Judge Joshua Alpheus Khumalo who also passed on last week while of retirement in Centurion, Pretoria. They will all be laid to rest this weekend.

The ANC will be having another memorial service for MEC Nkewu at her home in Molelema Village starting at 10h00 today. The event takes place at the local community hall. She will be buried on Saturday and the funeral service starts at 06h00.

May their souls rest in peace.