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‘I don’t have a magic wand to fix all our problems,’ says new Sedibeng Mayor, Lerato Maloka

Newly-appointed Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality Lerato Maloka

Newly-appointed Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality Lerato Maloka

  • Lerato Maloka has been elected the new mayor of the Sedibeng District Municipality.
  • She replaces the late Busisiwe Modisakeng, who died of Covid-19 related complications in January.
  • The new mayor has made it clear that it will take joint hands to fix the problems of the municipality. 

Sedibeng District Municipality has elected Lerato Maloka as its new Executive Mayor.

Maloka replaces the late Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng who died in January due to Covid-19 related complications.

Modisakeng ran the municipality at a time when it faced several corruption allegations. Last year, advocate William Mokhari was appointed to probe allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement in the Sedibeng municipality.

Mokhari was also appointed to probe allegations of maladministration and corruption against Stanley Khanyile, who served as the municipal manager from June 2017 until he was shot dead in a mall parking lot in October.

In a statement on Friday, the municipality said Maloka won by 26 votes against 16 votes to DA councillor, Daddy Mollo.

One member was absent, while six abstained.

READ | Sedibeng Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng dies

Magic wand

In her address, the new mayor did not shy away from reality, saying she had no “magic wand” to fix the state of the municipality.

“Please know this before, I don’t have a magic wand to fix all our problems and challenges. Neither am I a magician to turn all of you away from doing your work, so that I can do the work myself.

“Nor am I a pessimist, to believe that with my hands, your hands, her hands and his hands joined, we cannot make a difference to benefit our region that our people are yearning for.”

The mayor urged the municipality to add value to people’s lives and for service delivery to be realised in real time.

The mayor said:

Our reason to exist is without doubt to foster economic growth in this region through the Vaal Special Economic Zone which in turn is carrying the aspirations of the local municipalities.

Maloka has served in various structures within the ANC including Sedibeng region deputy secretary, Women’s League executive committee and regional working committee. She is also serving as a PEC member in the Gauteng ANC.

She also served as a mayor in Lesedi Local Municipality.

Here’s Maloka’s Members of Mayoral Committee (MMC): 

Cllr Petrus Tsotetsi – Finance

Cllr Gretta Hlongwane – Local Economic Development and Tourism

Cllr Simon Maphalla – Corporate Services

Cllr Lulama Gamede – Environment and Clean Energy

Cllr Mmakgomo Raikane – Health and Social Services

Cllr Yusuf Mahommed – Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture and Public Safety

Cllr Madisebo Khomoeasera – Human Settlements and Development Planning

Cllr James Dlangamandla – Transport and Infrastructure

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