Cllr Julia Lata Mathebe
MEET THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR.
On Wednesday 9 February 2021 councillors of Sekhukhune District Municipality elected Cllr Julia Lata Mathebe as Executive Mayor.
This makes Mathebe the first woman to occupy the top position in the history of the district municipality since its establishment in 2000.
Her election came nearly two months after she was elected as Regional Chairperson of the governing African National Congress in Sekhukhune.
Again, she is the first woman to occupy the top regional position in Sekhukhune, in the party’s history.
Her election as regional chairperson was by no means a “box-ticking exercise” to balance the gender parity.
She had been deputy chairperson of the ANC in the region before she was elected to the top position.
Mathebe has over many years earned her political mettle as she grew through the ranks of the party.
She cut her teeth in the youth movement of the ANC as a rank and file.
In 1995 she was elevated to the position of ANC Youth League chairperson at her local Thabakhubidu branch, in Ntwane.
Before that she had been an organiser of the ANC Women’s League, also at her local Thabakhubidu branch.
Also in 1995, the young Mathebe was elected deputy secretary of the mother-body, the ANC, at the Fawcett Mathebe branch.
The following year, in 1996, she became secretary of the same branch.
Two years later, Mathebe became deputy secretary of the Ntwane Community Reconstruction Development Committee, (CRDC), a community structure like
the present-day ward committee that was established during the time of the transitional local councils.
At the time when she was member of the Moutse Youth Development Forum in the late 1990s, Mathebe was also member of the ANC Youth League regional task team, well into the year 2002.
Mathebe was among those who were elected as members of the regional executive committee of the ANC Youth League in 2003.
She was deputy convener of the ANC Sekhukhune Region in 2013.
In 2014, Mathebe was elected ANC chairperson of the Elias Motsoaledi sub-region.
She had been a ward councillor for the erstwhile Greater Groblersdal Local Municipality (now Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality) from 2000 to 2006.
In 2011, she became proportional representation (PR) councillor in the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality and was re- elected in 2016.
In the same year Mathebe became Mayor of the local municipality, a position she held until she was elected as PR councillor and subsequently Council Speaker of Sekhukhune District Municipality after the 2021 local government elections in November.
She briefly held the position of Council Speaker before she was elected Executive Mayor.
In 2016, Mathebe was appointed member of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in Limpopo, responsible for municipal fiscal policy and finance.
In 2019, she was appointed first deputy chairperson of SALGA in the province.
As a worker, Mathebe was once an employee in the Office of Premier (Limpopo) and the JSE listed, engineering and mining company, Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd.
She holds NQF Level 6 qualification in Municipal Governance & Management from the University of Johannesburg, an executive leadership certificate from the University of Pretoria and certificates of programme in management development, higher certificate in municipal governance, certificate in local government, municipal finance management, certificate in business studies, certificate in entrepreneurial development, from institutions including the University of Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg and Advanced Technical Training Institute.
Mathebe is now in her penultimate year as student of Bachelor of Public Administration at MANCOSA.