The people who hold the power: Machike Thobejane

2012-11-11 10:00
Sipho Masondo
Joining the ANC’s “underground structures” in the late 1970s was “a calling” for Thobejane (49).

He joined the party officially in 1990 when it was unbanned, and is now a member of the SA Communist Party’s provincial executive committee and of the ANC’s Mankgatleng Mphahlele branch in Limpopo.

Before that, he was a member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee in Limpopo for two terms.

Thobejane is also a proud “public servant”, working as the health department’s general manager in Polokwane.

He’s wrapping up a course in advanced health management at Yale University in the US and has earned numerous qualifications locally, including a teaching diploma. The father of four remains a dedicated party man: “The task of liberating our people is not yet over. We must still achieve economic freedom and deal with unemployment and poverty.”

He and his branch are backing President Jacob Zuma and the party’s “current leadership” at Mangaung.

“The mandate of my branch is that we should support a leadership that understands the plight of the rural poor and the working class in general.“

I hope the conference will give the leadership a new mandate to rejuvenate the party and firm the focus towards the total liberation of our people.”

Thobejane hopes Mangaung will be the scene of robust debate. He will travel to Mangaung with “all other comrades” on the transport provided by the party.