FORMER Bophuthatswana president Lucas Mangope (94) was remembered at a memorial service in his home village of Motswedi outside Zeerust, North West yesterday.

Members of his United Christian Democratic Party arrived in the colours of the party and chiefs from North West, as well as provincial leaders from Limpopo and North West attended.

Sydney Mothoagae said Mangope introduced agricultural programmes that exported produce outside its borders.

Josias Hlongwa spoke of the role Mangope played in education by building a university, training colleges and high schools that offered technical skills.

Mangope was also praised for developing arts and sports through the Mmabana Arts Centres that still exist today.

Lieutenant Sam Dube, who served as a cop under Mangope, said the former statesman was a punctual man who loved his people but was strict regarding law and order.

Some chaos resulted when the sound system hired by the local municipality broke down. There was a commotion in the hall as people became impatient with mayor Kereng Mothoage when he tried to justify the work of the ANC.

Social Development MEC Ontlametse Mochwari had to call for order as people started having conversations while she was talking.

Another odd moment occurred when someone erected a stall next to the gate to try and sell ANC memorabilia.

The man soon packed up his goods and left when no one gave him any attention.

Mangope will be buried on Saturday at the royal place in Motswedi.