Mahikeng residents plan to hold a march on Thursday to express dissatisfaction with the sale of buildings
the North West Provincial Government inherited from the former government of Bophuthatswana.
Motswedi House that's occupied by the Department of Home Affairs and Borekelong House used by Eskom are currently for sale.
Community leader, Thato Molosankwe, said the community of Mahikeng needs to be involved in the sale process.
“We are not going to allow people to come and do as they want here. Procedures of the law must be followed properly. Public participation must take place and we must see how these buildings can be protected. We will look for a businessman that will agree to purchase the buildings on behalf of the residents in a bid to protect them. We saw some of the buildings like Mega City and others being sold. While Letlamoreng Dam, Convention Centre, Civic Centre, the stadium and other properties are deteriorating because they are deserted and not maintained,” Molosankwe said.
Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Obed Bapela, called on the provincial government to investigate all the buildings that were transferred to the government.
“We are engaging with the new Premier, Bushy Maape, about the government buildings that we are told are being sold. He must go to his provincial executive council and declare a moratorium on the sale of any buildings. And auditing of the buildings that are owned by the government, including those that were transferred from Bophuthatswana, must be done.
“So that we get to understand why the buildings are being sold. Probably they might not have been transferred. But if they were indeed transferred, the government can’t sell the buildings. Why would they sell the buildings because all other governments in all other provinces are investing in their own economy by also building their own buildings for their workers? If these buildings are government buildings they must not be sold,” Bapela said.
North West Public Works Spokesperson, Matsube Mfoloe, said the buildings belong to the North West Public Investment Corporation.
“The buildings that you are referring to, which are situated in Mahikeng, are not in the books of the Department of Public Works and Roads in the province. I am informed that those properties belong to the Public Investment Corporation,” said Mfoloe.
But PIC Chief Executive Officer, Sello Mogodiri, denied that the buildings belonged to the entity.