- The national leadership of the ANC was forced to intervene in the provincial matters of the North West province
- President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to return to South Africa after violent protests erupted in the province as residents expressed their anger at then premier Supra Mahumapelo
- The inter-ministerial task team which investigated matters in the province briefed Parliament on its findings earlier on Friday
The inter-ministerial task team which was established to investigate matters in the North West province earlier this year has briefed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on its findings.
The national government and national leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) were forced to intervene in the North West’s provincial matters after violent protests erupted in the province.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to return to South Africa from a high-profile state visit to the UK to calm residents of the province who had grown angry with the leadership of Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the inter-ministerial task team lay a considerable amount of the blame with Mahumapelo’s handling of the matter.
“It was the absence of the engagement that probably led to the situation as we saw it‚” said Mpumi Mpofu‚ the director-general of the department of planning‚ monitoring and evaluation.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Mpofu said the Office of the Premier did not do enough to quell the initial violence and as such its role as an oversight body was called into serious doubt.
The task team told Parliamentarians that it found various weak points across the North West provincial government. Some of the weaknesses include poor governance practices‚ skills shortages‚ incompetence‚ corruption and questionable supply chain management practices.
The task team also found irregular expenditure originated from the department of agriculture in the province. Mpfou said many project management projects which aimed to help various departments, had in reality, exacerbated the problems.
The “most important flag” that emerged was the R15.3-billion accumulated in irregular expenditure across the provincial government‚ which grew consistently from R8.6-billion in 2013/14 to R15.3-billion in 2016/17.
Mpofu noted that complaints received by residents regarding corruption, poor service delivery and other issues correlated with the findings of the task team.
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