NORTH WEST: North West ANC to clarify the decision to suspend Premier Job Mokgoro’s membership.
Speaking to SABC News, political analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage, says the decision to remove North West premier, Mr Job Mokgoro from his position comes as no surprise.
The African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee (IPC), is on Monday morning expected to formally announce the appointment of the replacement of Mr Mokgoro who will resign both as premier and member of the provincial legislature.
The IPC has been calling for the removal of Mr Mokgoro who they accuse of not taking instructions from the party. The party has submitted three names of preferred candidates to the party’s national leadership for his replacement.
These names include the current legislature speaker, Ms Suzan Dantjie, MEC for Finance, Ms Motlalepule Rosho and IPC member, Mr Bushy Maape.
Professor Duvenhage says Mr Maape is also Cyril Ramaphosa’s confidante.
“This comes against the backdrop of conflict between Mr Job Mokgoro and the IPC. It was also mentioned that Mr Job Mokgoro was not in a position to stabilise the province and take it forward. Mr Maape is a close confidante of Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and he will work close[ly] with the IPC,” he said.
In an exclusive interview with ANC Treasurer General Mr Paul Mashatile in Rustenburg, he said, “We have already interviewed the candidates as the officials of the ANC. This is a new system that we have introduced. We have made the decision and we reported back to the province to allow them to make the announcement.”
It is believed that 64-year-old struggle veteran and former Robben Island prisoner, Mr Bushy Maape will be replacing Mr Mokgoro as Premier of the province.