Ministerial task team to give update on North West province


JOHANNESBURG, May 16 – The ministerial task team appointed by Cabinet to attend to North West governance issues will on Wednesday give feedback on the troubled province now placed under the control of national government by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Headed by Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the task team said it would meet stakeholders before holding a media briefing in Lichtenberg Wednesday afternoon.

The team of ministers includes Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize, Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

Residents in Mahikeng went on a rampage in April, shutting down the province’s capital Mahikeng, looting shops and damaging property. They were calling for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign over allegations of corruption. The anti-Mahumapelo protest spilled over to other parts of the province. Mahumapelo indicated his intention to resign last week, only to rescind his resignation letter overnight. The man known as ”Black Jesus” by his supporters placed himself on special leave and appointed fraud-accused finance MEC Wendy Nelson as acting premier.

Following last week’s Cabinet meeting that received Dlamini-Zuma’s damning report on the North West, Ramaphosa wrote to National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise, informing her of his decision to place the entire province under the control of national government, in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution.

– African News Agency (ANA)