By Thys Khiba
Klerksdorp – Speaking at the memorial service of the late Executive Mayor of Matlosana Local Municipality, Maetu Kgaile who has passed away due to Covid-19 related complications, the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) Secretary General Meokgo Matuba has urged members of her political party to unite despite whatever differences they have.
“We are saying to the family this is the time to unite in the spirit of comrade Maetu Kgaile. We are saying to the ANC family, this is our time to unite..” Matuba said.
Matuba confirmed that the ANC and ANCWL have lost a cadre, an educator, a mother and a political leader who was ready to serve at any cost of time.
“Maetu understood the struggle of women, of inequality, underdevelopment, unemployment and poverty hence she dedicated her life to the struggles of women,” Matuba said.
According to Matuba, the late Kgaile was there for the people of Matlosana as their political leader and mayor. Matuba admitted that there were other challenges faced by the late Kgaile as the executive mayor of Matlosana.
Amongst other speakers who were present at the memorial service was the North West Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Finance and ANC IPC member, Motlalepula Rosho speaking on behalf of the ANC IPC in the province.
“Let me appreciate your presence, secretary general as one of our own and also to pass our message of condolences to you as well, because you have walked this journey with comrade Maetu Kgaile,” Rosho said.
Family Spokesperson, Kagisho Kgaile confirmed that they were in a state of shock after hearing the tragic news of losing his mother.
“You never expect hearing such news… of someone very close who’s been part of your life since you were born just tragically been taken away like that..” Kagisho Kgaile said.
Kgaile (family spokesperson and son) confirmed that his mother had been ill leading up to her passing.
The late Maetu Kgaile joined the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in 1993 served as Treasurer of the site committee in 1994 to 1999. Kgaile continued to serve within the SADTU as Secretary of site committee between 2007 and 2009.
In the year 2009 to 2010, Kgaile served as the Deputy Secretary of SADTU Pins Olifant Branch. She also a delegate at the SADTU National Congress of 6th – 9th October 2010 in Gauteng.
As a member of the African National Congress, Kgaile became actively involved in both the ANC and ANC Women’s League in 1997.
Kgaile was a ward committee member and also a recruiter for the ANC in Meiringspark, Fliemida, Songloed and La-Hoff suburbs in 2005 to date. In 2008 to 2009, she served as Adelaide Tambo deputy secretary.
“She was instrumental in launching the branch name Adelaide Tambo formerly known as Ward 11. Branch was launched in 2009 and the late Mama comrade Segomotsi Mompati was the key speaker.”
In 2010 June to October, as member of the Adelaide Tambo, Kgaile served as the branch secretary. In the same year of 2010, Kgaile was elected as the Dr Kenneth Kaunda regional Treasurer in November.
Meanwhile, Kgaile was nominated to serve in the regional task team (RTT) of Women’s League. As the executive mayor of Matlosana Local Municipality, Kgaile was also a party agent for the African National Congress in national, provincial and local government elections.