Know Your Leader Abram Molefe Mudau: ANC Bokone Bophirima Provincial Executive Committee member

The living conditions under the apartheid homelands system forced Abram Mudau to get up and fight for a dignified way of life for his people.
Born of a Setswana speaking mother and a Tshivenda speaking father in Mathibestad in Moretele Local Municipality, Mudau was unable to get and identity document in both Bophuthatswana and Venda homelands. He suffered this fate until he completed his matric.
“I had a Setswana name and Venda surname, which made it difficult for me to get an identity document in Bophuthatswana and in Venda. Life was very tough under the homelands system because you could get beaten up by the police if they heard you singing a struggle song. In Mathibestad, there was poor road infrastructure and our water supply was also poor because we used to drink from wells. There was no electricity in our area too,” he told Mogolodi this week.
Mudau joined the liberation struggle in 1988 when he became a member of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) during the days that the ANC was still banned.  He was instrumental in the formation of ANC, ANC Women’s League and Community Policing Forum (CPF) in his home village of Mathibestad.
From 1990 until 2014, he was Chairperson of the ANC in Mathibestad. In 1995 he joined the regional structure of Eastern Region, which is now known as Bojanala Region.  From 1995 until 2000 he was a councillor in the Eastern Region before the latter day system where councilors represent wards. He served in the Water and Sanitation Committee and Masakhane Committee that provided RDP houses.
From 2001 until 2014 Mudau was a manager at the Moretele Local Municipality. He then became a Member of Parliament (MP) until 2016 when he resigned. He served in the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Portfolio Committee that was chaired by Richard Mdangani. This committee was responsible for overseeing municipalities and traditional affairs in South Africa.
In 2006, Mudau wrote all the municipal by-laws for community participation and ward committees in Moretele. He has been a Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member from 2010 and he serves on the Traditional Affairs and Social Transformation Sub-committees. He was a PEC deployee in Tlokwe and Tswaing and is currently deployed to Vryburg.
Some of his educational qualifications include a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) completed in 2007, Certificate in Municipal Management from the North West University (NWU) completed in 2010, Executive Leadership Graduate Course from Wits University completed in 2014 and Certificate in Project Management from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in 2011.
Mudau is a diamond cutter by profession and he worked at Star Diamonds in Pretoria. He said the ANC is his political party of choice because it strives for a non-sexist and non-racial society. Mudau said if it was not for the ANC he could not have been what he is today.
“It is important for up and coming cadres to join politics with the intention of fighting for the needs of the community and not for self-enrichment. Unity is important for the organisation so that we can move forward and win our fight against the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty,” said Mudau. 
He said he welcomes the election of the new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his new Cabinet and urged them not to forget where they come from. 
“The president and his cabinet should not forget where they come from because the people still need land and they are poor,” he said. 
He urged the new leadership to work with traditional leaders so that they can help them return the land to their communities.
Mudau is also the owner of a guesthouse in Mathibestad called Ndivhuwa Mafulo, a Tshivenda saying for Thank you Lord for greener pastures.
He is a family orientated man who has two wives and six children.