By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West province said the announcement by the African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) naming Struggle veteran Bushy Maape as the new premier-elect, even before the formal resignation of the incumbent, Job Mokgoro, isa factional battle playing out in an attempt for one faction to gain dominance over another.
“The DA notes the ANC’s Premier designate as a decision that was made in bad faith. It has nothing to do with good governance or the delivery of services to the people of the North West,” said Chief Whip of the DA in the province, Freddy Sonakile.
The current Premier of the province, Mokgoro is expected to submit his resignation letter through the office of the Provincial Legislature speaker, Susana Dantjie, given that Mokgoro is a member of the legislature.
According to Sonakile, Maape will bring no change and nothing new to the table, as he served as Mokgoro’s political advisor.
“He will bring nothing new to the table. It is a classic case of shifting tables and chairs in a classroom and expecting that to contribute to the students’ performance,” said Sonakile.
Speaking about Maape, the ANC IPC Coordinator, HlomaneChauke said Maape will lead from the front as they continue to battle Covid 19 and economic challenges.
“The appointment of Comrade Maape, as the premier-elect, is intended to entrench the work done by the ANC-led provincial government and expedite the roll out of radical socio-economic transformation in the province. In working together with the IPC and various provincial stakeholders, Comrade Bushy will lead from the front as we continue to battle Covid 19 and economic challenges,” Chauke said.
The IPC confirmed that Kaobitsa Bushy Maape was recruited into the ANC underground structures while a student at Hebron Training College. He is a former commander of ANC underground Kgalagadi Machinery, which led to his incarceration on Robben Island in the 1980s.
“After the democratic dispensation, he later served as the chairperson of the ANC in the former Kgalagadi region. As part of his public service career, he served as the director: RDP and chief director: strategic planning and development unit in the Office of the Premier, North West Province.”
He was later appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the Department of Provincial and Local Government and became a member of the Municipal Demarcation Board representing the North West Province.
Maape has a BA (psychology and economics from Unisa, which he completed while incarcerated on Robben Island; BA (Hons) (developmental studies) from UWC and BA (Hons) (Economics) from UWC.
He is studying with the University of the Witwatersrand for an MM in the field of governance (political development and economics).
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