The decision to name Mokgoro, 70, was announced by ANC secretary general Ace Magashule a month after Supra Mahumapelo quit the post under duress.Magashule said the decision was unanimous and he hoped that all structures within the ANC would support Mokgoro and help him to bring stability to the province.
The North West has been placed under administration by the national government and was shaken by weeks of violent protests demanding Mahumapelo, who was widely accused of corruption, step down.
Magashule added that the national leadership of the party was given three names by provincial structures and mulled it over at length to arrive “at a decision which we hope everybody will respect”.
“We want somebody who can actually engage everybody and ensure there is unity and renewal during this period,” said Magashule.
Mokgoro is a veteran public servant and the head of the national school of government.