ANC Bokone Bophirima welcomes Legoete’s Luthuli House appointment

Former African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Secretary of Bokone Bophirima, Cde Dakota Legoete, has been appointed Chairperson for Organising and Campaigns at the party’s headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.
Legoete was appointed together with Cde Senzo Mchunu from KwaZulu-Natal as joint heads of Organising and Campaigns following a special National Executive Committee meeting that sat on Sunday. 
Legoete, who once described his leadership style as “assertive but consultative”, welcomed the appointment.
“The aim is to ensure that we grow the party’s membership. We also aim to integrate our young people into the structure and ensure that we conduct political education. We want our people to know the vision and objectives of the party. The ANC called for unity during its 54th Elective Conference at Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg last year.
“We want to see new hopes being instilled in our masses and we want the repositioning of the ruling party. The ANC has called for renewal and we believe that now is the time for implementation. This will also assist us to prepare for the 2019 general elections. Young people need to be capacitated with skills, mentorship and workshops to improve their lives,” he said.
At the time of going to print, Legoete was scheduled to 
meet Mchunu and ANC Secretary General, Cde Ace Magashule, to discuss their priorities in these new responsibilities. 

Legoete was elected onto the ANC NEC in December after ANC Bokone Bophirima put his name forward. There was, however, growing rumours from unnamed ANC members in the province that he was forced out of his Provincial Secretary position.

This week, Legoete spoke for the first time about those rumours, saying there was “no truth” to that. He had agreed with the Provincial Executive Committee to the deployment, he said. 
The Potchefstroom-born politician led the PEC in Bokone Bophirima that ensured that the province recorded the second largest increase in membership between 2013 and 2015 from 75 145 to 78 922. 
“We achieved that through broad engagements with comrades, some who had grievances. We also got everyone to focus on party programmes,” he said this week. 
Legoete said “unity is not technical”, but works when everyone is focusing their energies on programmes to deliver what they are expected to.
He cut his teeth in youth politics with the Ikageng Youth Congress, an affiliate of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) in 1986. He then joined the Ikageng Student Congress and became its branch executive committee member and Cultural Officer. During his university days at the then Potchefstroom University – now North West University Potchefstroom Campus - Legoete served on the branch executive committee of student organization Sasco.
He later became ANC Youth League (ANCYL) sub-regional treasurer of Tlokwe and a South African Municipal Workers Union shopsteward. Legoete moved up the ranks until he was elected ANCYL Provincial Secretary and later an ANC Chief Whip in Tlokwe Local Municipality. He eventually became Provincial Secretary and sat on the ANC’s National Executive Committee as an ex-officio member.
Legoete holds a Masters Degree in Management and Development from NWU Potchefstroom Campus. His work experience includes being a Municipal Manager of Tswaing Local Municipality and administrative assistant and political adviser to the Speaker at Tlokwe municipality.
ANC in Bokone Bophirima applauded Legoete for his appointment. ANC provincial spokesperson, Gerald Modise, said: “As the ANC in Bokone Bophirima, we sincerely appreciate and welcome the appointment of Legoete. His deployment proves that we made the right choice as the province by electing him into the National Executive Committee (NEC). 
“We believe that he will diligently perform his responsibilities in all areas of deployment. We wish him well in his new responsibility and believe that he will represent us well as a province. The ANC is the only party that has the interest of the people at heart. So, we are adamant that he will continue to carry the hopes of our people and serve them with gratitude,” Modise said. 
The ANC’s decision to deploy several Chairpersons of committees to Luthuli House is in line with resolutions of successive national conferences to expand and strengthen the organisation’s capacity.
This will also assist the ruling party to execute the tasks and demands of the current phase of the revolution.