- Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will announce the details around the national government’s intervention into the affairs of the North West province
- NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise confirmed she had received confirmation from President Cyril Ramaphosa that cabinet approved invoking section 100 (1) of the Constitution
- This allows the national government to effectively take over the running of the troubled province which has been rocked by violent protests
Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will take a lead role in the national government’s intervention in the affairs of the troubled North West province. Dlamini-Zuma is expected to announce details about the intervention on Tuesday.
On Sunday, National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise, confirmed she had received confirmation from President Cyril Ramaphosa that cabinet had approved invoking section 100 (1) of the Constitution in order to resolve the problems faced in the province.
Section 100 of the Constitution allows for the national government to intervene in provincial affairs when the province cannot or does not fulfil its executive obligations as outlined in the Constitution.
Briefly.co.za gathered that this intervention is the latest chapter in the ongoing political saga which rocked the North West in recent months. Violent protests over service delivery, maladministration and corruption have become the norm.
Last week, embattled Premier Supra Mahumapelo made a dramatic U-turn on his earlier decision to resign from his position.
Mahumapelo is now taking what has been described as a short leave of absence, he appointed his loyal sidekick Wendy Nelson as the acting premier.
Ramaphosa’s administration has moved swiftly to counter Mahumapelo’s moves by invoking section 100, but opposition parties claim Mahumapelo and his allies are still in power and will remain in power until the intervention is concluded.
Business Day reported that among the measures taken by the government is placing 12 out of 18 provincial municipalities under the supervision of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).
"The 12 are among those distressed in the province. It is not a complete takeover, more oversight and supervision," said Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize.
ANC insiders have revealed that Dlamini-Zuma delivered a scathing report about governance in the North West province to senior ANC officials. She led an inter-ministerial task team to the province recently.
The NCOP will exercise an oversight role in the national government’s intervention programme. Modise said Parliament would now process Ramaphosa’s letter confirming invoking section 100 accordingly.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it would approach the courts for intervention if the unconstitutional appointment of Nelson as acting premier was not reversed.
The EFF is also awaiting the provincial legislature announcement of a date for the motion of no confidence debate against Mahumapelo to take place.
Meanwhile, the provincial ANC has submitted a revised list of members to the provincial legislature. In what is seen as an attempt to drum up support for Mahumapelo the province has supplied seven new names to the Electoral Commission.
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