Sikhutshi dreams of a better SA for all

Patrick Sikhutshi (Cope, Provincial Leader).

POLOKWANE – Congress of the People (Cope) Provincial Leader, Patrick Sikhutshi, is a man with a rich past and big visions for South Africa’s future.

Born in Ha-Magau village in the Sinthumule territory next to Louis Trcihardt, he completed his schooling at Magau Community School and Litshovhu Secondary School from which he matriculated in 1984. He enrolled at the Venda College of Education in 1986 where he completed a secondary teachers diploma in 1998.

“In 1992 I moved to the nearby Madombidza village where I met my wife and together we have four wonderful children,” he said.

He has accomplished much so far in his career as he was the first black mayor of the Greater Louis Trichardt Municipality, the Chief Whip of the Vhembe District Municipality, and he was tasked with shaping the minds of future leaders as a teacher for 15 years.

“For me, especially in the late 1980’s, politics was a matter of life and death and just like many black youths I was prepared to do anything to make contributions in liberating the oppressed majority of our country,” he explained.

He added that his political consciousness was also very religious for him because he believes Apartheid was never the plan from heaven, but a man-made discrimination meant to benefit the few.

While his sister and some colleagues voluntarily went to exile, he and some of his friends occasionally met in the bush and discussed the possibility of fleeing the country.

“Some finally left but I opted not to,” he explained. When he was denied a bursary to study medicine at Medunsa (now Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University) by the Venda Government based on allegations that he was perpetuating terrorism it only strengthened his resolve to fight the Apartheid system.

“I joined Cope in 2009 where I served as part of its Provincial Executive Council (PEC) and was the acting chairperson since 2012 and was later elected into the position in 2014.”

Although he greatly enjoys his job, he said it is impossible to separate himself from his party.

“In order for one to master service delivery, one should first give up self, he should be surrounded by good policies and hands-on type of management,” he explained.

“The current service delivery trends are frightening and I foresee disaster and civil disobedience that will consequently lead to non-governability,” he said.

Sikutshi says he holds the conviction that the emergence of a new political formation mainly led by members of the ruling party will embrace other political parties and civil society as a way of ending the divide of former liberation movements, parties that advocated for Apartheid and those formed after 1994.

“What should underpin this formation should not be self-service but the strong desire to restore human dignity and bringing about economic growth to address the inequalities that have become a societal cancer,” he said.

He added that during that period, politics in terms of affiliation should have no place in the actual governance of the country.

“The role of civil society should be core in the planning of service delivery. This is what I believe will save South Africa in the next 10 years and these are my plans as well,” he said.

What motivates him in life is that God is always on the side of the poor and downtrodden.

“If the powerful ignore the needs of the marginalised and weak then He comes and intervenes Himself and corrects the situation,” he concluded.

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Calvyn van Wyk

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