Bapedi Paramount King Victor Thulare III was recognized as the rightful heir by President Cyril Ramaphosa. PIC:SUPPLIED

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has described the late Bapedi King Victor Thulare III as a visionary who brought experts together to chart a new economic path for Ga-Sekhukhune, with a strong focus on youth empowerment.

Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at the King’s funeral on Sunday in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo, saying the country had lost a measured voice of reason, a shining example of traditional leadership. 

Kgoshikgolo Victor Thulare III died on Wednesday after a short illness.

“With minerals and other natural resources abundant in his area, he wanted to work with the mining companies to grow the local economy and stem the tide of youth leaving for the cities. He wanted every member of his nation to benefit from all the economic activities and all the opportunities in their area.  He set out on this journey at a difficult time,” said Ramaphosa.
 
“The effects of the pandemic have placed many businesses under stress – including mines in this area – resulting in job losses and hurting local businesses. It is under these conditions that we must continue his work.”

Ramaphosa added that at the onset of his reign, he declared himself a sworn enemy of corruption, which he knew deprives his people of the resources that are rightfully theirs.
 
“Many of the struggles of the youth in the apartheid era were about how local resources were abused by authorities.  This makes corruption in our municipalities and traditional authorities even more painful. It is an affront to the youth and to the nation at large,” said Ramaphosa.
 
“Through the King Thulare lll Foundation, His Majesty sought to form strong partnerships to develop the skills among the youth, and to restore the land rights, culture, traditions and heritage of his people. He wanted people to have clean water and other basic services. He wanted his people to live lives free of crime, gender-based violence and corruption.”

(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)

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