By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) Coordinator in the North West province, Hlomane Chauke confirmed that they have spoken to Premier Professor Job Mokgoro about his resignation and exit processes.
Chauke confirmed that the provincial government falls under Section 100, and “this then tells you that we have a challenge on service delivery firstly to our people and I think you will know that in the North West, most departments were not functional – the national government had to come and intervene.
“Comrade Job happened to come at that time and that’s why we are even saying it on the statement that he came at a time when there was serious turbulence in the province and therefore we believe comrade Job played his part”.
This follows the announcement by the ANC naming Struggle veteran Bushy Maape as the new premier-elect, even before the formal resignation of the incumbent, Job Mokgoro, who is yet expected to step down.
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.
Chauke faced an overwhelming number of questions about the reported resistance of Mokgoro to vacate his position and resign as member of the North West Legislature.
“As we welcome this decision, the IPC further wishes to convey its gratitude to the outgoing premier, Comrade Job Mokgoro, for his sterling work of guiding the provincial government during the most turbulent times as the premier. His administrative skills are not lost to the people of our province, and the ANC will continue to benefit from them.”
The appointment of Maape follows the ongoing political differences between Mokgoro and the governing party after it suspended his membership recently. Mokgoro was accused of defying the ruling by voting with the opposition in the legislature.
“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).
Meanwhile, on the same day as the IPC announces their plans and the removal of Mokgoro was met by a mini protest by members of the community, reported to be ANC members, outside the ANC’s offices in Mahikeng. One of them included former South African Civic Organisation (Sanco) member, James Gadinabokao, who has been critical of the IPC and its coordinator Chauke.
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