Mothibedi Gordon Kegakilwe (1967 – 6 July 2020) was a South African politician. He served as the North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs from May 2019 until his death in July 2020. He was elected to the North West Provincial Legislature in 2009 and served as the party's chief whip during his first term. In 2016, he resigned as an MPL but returned to the legislature after the May 2019 elections. Kegakilwe was a member of the African National Congress.
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Kegakilwe joined the African National Congress and was elected to the North West Provincial Legislature in May 2009. He was sworn in as a member of the legislature on 6 May 2009 and ANC named him chief whip of the legislature. Within the ANC, Kegakilwe served as deputy provincial secretary and acting provincial secretary. He ran for provincial secretary in 2013 but lost to Dakota Legoete.
In May 2014, he was re-elected to a second term an MPL but resigned from the legislature in January 2016. Kegakilwe returned to the legislature in May 2019. Premier Job Mokgoro named him the member of the Executive Council responsible for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs.
On 5 July 2020, Kegakilwe was admitted to a medical facility in Vryburg after testing positive for COVID-19. He was transferred to a Klerksdorp hospital on 6 July but suffered cardiac arrest and died, due to complications from the virus. He was 53 years old. Various politicians, including national Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and human settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu, paid tribute to Kegakilwe.
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