Tribal authority avoids questions about community development
On the 23rd of August 2016 Workers World Media Productions had an interview with Nic Motloung the station manager at Madibeng FM in Brits. Brits is a small town in the Northwest Province, surrounded by villages in the former Bophuthatswana homeland. This town has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months. The Bapong baMogale tribal authority tried and succeeded in silencing Madibeng FM on issues affecting the community and the tribal authority.
According to Nic Motloung who is also the host of a talk show, a paid tribal authority muscle man threatened his life, live on air. This started when the station began asking questions about the monthly R20-million that Lonmin Mine pays to the tribal authority and what it is used for. The community also took the matter up with the Public Protector whose report they are still waiting for.