improving its audit scorecard from a disclaimer to a qualified audit and from a deficit to a surplus with no irregular, wasteful, unauthorised or fruitless expenditure. History The name Kotane resonates with many South Africans especially those who are familiar with the country’s struggle for freedom. It is with pride that this rural area in the North West Province produced iconic freedom fighters like Moses and Rebecca Kotane. Moses Kotane was born in Tampostad in the Rustenberg district in 1905 and died in exile in Russia in 1978. The
The late Rebecca Kotane
location of this municipality is steeped
Lobatla village near the Botswana border.
in rich cultural and heritage history and
they grew up was close to the Botswana
The monument consists of nine walls of
it is here that Moses Kotane grew up as
border and it became a gateway for
remembrance representing the
a herder but became involved in politics
freedom fighters to cross into Botswana
at a very early age. He educated himself
to undergo military training. The area also
and was an avid reader and this gave him
served as a secret hideaway from those
a grasp of the political situation in the
fleeing persecution by the security police,
country. His later education continued
including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki,
whilst he was in exile in Russia.
and Moses Kotane himself.
His leadership skills propelled him up
The couple are the embodiment of
the ranks of the Communist Party and
the resilience and courage of the people
as a result he became General Secretary.
of South Africa and it is therefore fitting
Due to his astute understanding of the
that this local municipality is named
politics of the day and his leadership skills,
he became a mentor to many leaders, including Nelson Mandela.
The burial site of Moses Kotane in Tampostad, Phela was declared a national
nine provinces. The passing of Ma Kotane The year 2021 marks the passing of Rebecca Kotane - Ma Kotane as she was affectionately known at the age of 108, in her home in Diepkloof, Soweto. She was buried on 6 Feb in Phela. President Cyril Ramaphosa accorded her a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2. In a statement, Mayor Diale said that Mme Kotane would be remembered “as one of the strong women, a champion for that matter, who supported her husband.
heritage site on 12 May 2017. Although
Both dedicating their lives to the struggle
involved in political activism and will
he died in Russia, his remains were
for freedom and reconciliation…
be remembered for her prominent role
expatriated and buried at this site in 2015.
in the Women’s March to the Union
The government further deemed the area
loss and offer our deepest condolences
Buildings in 1956. The couple remained a
of such great significance in the history
and solidarity towards the Kotane family,
thorn in the flesh of the apartheid regime
of South Africa’s struggle for freedom
friends and all people within Moses
until it was overthrown. The area where
that a monument was erected in 2019 at
Kotane Local Municipality jurisdiction”.
Rebecca Kotane was equally
“As the Municipality, we mourn her