Today, ActionSA President Herman Mashaba returned to Kgetleng Rivier, North-West. On his first visit, he met a local farmer who has done exceptional humanitarian work in the community, Wilhelm Roche. Loved by many, the community asked Willie to stand as a Councillor in the 2021 Local Government Elections. Whilst not an aspiring politician, Wilhelm agreed to stand as an Independent Candidate, with the hopes of being in a stronger position to help the community. He won the Ward with 54% against the ANC and has since served as a Ward councillor in the Municipality of Kgetleng Rivier.
When Mr Roche spoke to President Mashaba on his previous trip, he had a heart to heart with him regarding the challenges he faces as an independent Councillor. As it stands the community is facing a humanitarian crisis where for years the ANC government turned their backs on the community and the dire need for access to water.
Having compassion for people, Cllr Roche decided to do something and sponsored a central borehole where the community can collect water freely. The challenges unfortunately didn’t stop ther; the surrounding community has to travel far reaching areas for up to 10km on a daily basis.
Even though he now a sitting councillor in the municipality, he soon realized that as an independent, his “voice” disappears in all the political noise. The ANC is in charge of this municipality and has shown absolutely no interest in supporting Cllr Roche in his cause to uplift the community.
Cllr Roche has fought many causes, from running feeding schemes for the elderly, making sure the old age homes always have electricity connection, fixing municipality water pipes to winning Court Cases against the two municipality in the North-West. In 2021 the High Court granted the citizens of two small towns in North-West permission to take charge of their water and sewerage works, which Cllr Roche was in the forefront of this fight and won.
Cllr Roche believe in the “Batho Pele” Principle and with deep roots in his faith, he strongly believes that we all collective responsibility towards our neighbours and those who form part of our community, and that a legacy of hope and a prosperous future for future generations is important.
ActionSA admires and welcomes strong individuals who love and serves communities and will support Cllr Roche in his quest of continuing serving the community of Kgetleng River and Fixing South Africa.