MAHIKENG MAIL-MAHIKENG: The Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, in partnership with the Mafikeng Mail, the North West Press Club and broader media fraternity of South Africa honoured the Life of City Press journalist, Poloko Tau during his “Posthumous Memorial Service at the Mmabatho Civic centre last Thursday where his life was largely celebrated by family, colleagues and friends, Reports Senior Journalist Teboho Letselela.
The memorable and highly emotional “ post-send-off “ was organised by Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality led by Executive Mayor, Khumalo Molefe who at one stage came close to tears as he spoke about his Unit 8 neighbour in Mmabatho.
Poloko Tau, a well-known journalist who contributed immensely to media freedom as an international journalist. He struggled as a young man for freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
A mouthful was said about Tau by friends, his Supervisor, Timorthy Molobi and the Executive Mayor Molefe about the work Tau did in the industry of journalism by not only writing but also educating and striving to report the truth when it came to corruption.
Executive Mayor, Molefe during the interview said this was a way to say to the sons and daughters of Ngaka Modiri Molema that they were acknowledged and recognized by government.
“We saying to the sons and daughters of Ngaka Modiri Molema that we see you, we hear and you are a part of us, let us partner. In fact I’m calling for all of them to come home and approach us so that together we can craft a partnership on behalf of our people. We are humbled by their good citizenry work they do and we have resolved to start with those who are in the media as they are our mouth piece and mouthpiece of our people”.
“The programme of the sons and daughters of Ngaka Modiri Molema which is a special programme in the office of the executive mayor intends to coordinate and rally all the acclaimed people who have made a positive contribution and recognise them or benefit in their knowledge and experience,” said Molefe.