By Thabo Monyela
GIYANI– Ponani Makhubele from Gandlanani village at Bongi Mabunda Ward 12 in Giyani, was sworn in as a member of parliament along six other African National Congress members on January 27, 2021.
She has been a credible loyalist for 22 years in the ANC and its formations. Makhubele served in the REC ANC youth league, YCL in the Provincial executive and served in the Greater Giyani sub-region of the ANC.
She was deployed as a Proportional Representation (PR) councilor of Greater Giyani Municipality from 2011 to 2015 and served as a board member of Nkhensani hospital representing the municipality.
In 2016 during the local government elections conference held at Karibu, she was at number 12, however she was mysteriously moved to number 18 and ANC got 16 seats in the municipality. Fortunately, the Gandlanani born politician due to the aid of ANC Gauteng, worked in the provincial department of education under the tutelage of MEC Panyazi Lusufi.
Due to her passion to serve the communities under Mopani district, she resigned from the Gauteng department of education to return home in 2018 “even though I encountered a political setback at home, my mind and heart was to work for the people of my home area, so I took a sober decision to resign” Makhubele informed the publication.
Makhubele was struck by a political lightning again when her name was mysteriously removed from number 12 of the regional to national list by the ANC Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee. She didn’t take her mysterious removal very well and decided to take the organization to court.
“Yes I did take ANC to court, because I couldn’t take it anymore as the matter was repeating again” Makhubele said.
The ANC tried to settle the matter with her outside court and both parties agreed that Makhubele will be deployed to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), however none of that happened.
She further informed Tzaneen voice that, what she went through as a female comrade shows that the ANC is led by heartless people from the provincial executive.
The call for Cape town to serve in the National Assembly delighted her because she was secretly fighting her battles without petitions.
“I am happy that I’m in the parliament, as I made with covenant with God that I’m going to pledge 10% of my parliamentary remuneration package to buy monthly groceries for the widows and help both learners and students with school uniform and tuition fees” Makhubele added.
As a committee member of employment and labour in the parliament, Makhubele emphasized that they are going to be hard at work in trying reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.
She further informed Tzaneen voice that her vision is that every household must have both electricity and water and further said in order to reduce unemployment there should be clinics and schools at every ward.