New Ward 47 councillor hits ground running

DA leaders show support for the new Ward 47 councillor, Mokgadi Kganakga (left). With her is Gauteng leader, John Moody and Free State premier candidate, Patricia Kopane.

New Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor for Ward 47, Mokgadi Kganakga, has hit the ground running to address service issues faced by community members. The party was voted for during the recent by-election at various voting stations in Bloemfontein, after the resignation of former councillor, John du Bruin.

Kganakga stated that voting results show that the communities of Ward 47 still have faith in the DA. “A lot of people have seen the way that we govern. They have given us a second chance. They know that we are remorseful and instead of keeping a councillor on for the next two years we would rather bring in someone new who will take the people further,” she said.

Kganakga described herself as a fierce defender of those whom she represents. “I might look very tiny but I am a bulldog because I will fight until I win. I am there to represent the community and will do my best not to disappoint them,” she explained.

The councillor mentioned that her priorities lie in service delivery issues and helping those in need. “These are people who have had old burst pipes, leakages, sewage on the street and non-working street lights,” stated Kganakga. “I would like to ensure that residents who qualify to be on the indigent list are actually on it, so that they can get the services that they need,” she added.

“We have the backing of the whole Mangaung DA council to hold the ruling party to account. It is not always successful because although we are the leading opposition, we are still in a high minority in council. So everything that is brought to a vote, it can be a struggle since we are a minority,” said Kganakga. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele