70-year-old Job Mokgoro is the new North West premier

70-year-old Job Mokgoro is the new North West premier

- The National Working Committee had to decide on a new North West premier in a hurry and chose Job Mokgoro

- Supra Mahumapelo's replacement used to be the director-general for North West

- The 70-year-old will likely remain North West premier until the 2019 elections

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The ANC had to decide on a premier for the North West in a hurry because they had a deadline - Friday, 30 June.

The National Working Committee chose 70-year-old Job Mokgoro for the job after Supra Mahumapelo took an early retirement.

Mokgoro is the former director-general for North West.

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According to the Sun Reporter, if the position was not filled before the deadline, an early election would have been enforced.

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Supra Mahumapelo announced he will be taking an early retirement. This announcement followed closely on the heels of an announcement that the ANC will be investigating accusations of fraud against Mahumapelo.

The ANC had a hard time finding a candidate they could agree on to take the role as North West premier.

Supra Mahumapelo wanted a friend and ally in the position while other members of Cosatu, Sanco and SACP wanted someone outside Mahumapelo's circle.

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Mokgoro's appointment as premier is seen as a compromise because he is not part of the ANC's provincial executive.

News24 reported that Ace Magashule made the announcement at the ANC's Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

He is a tried and tested administrator.

The 70-year-old, who is described as honest and strict, will be the premier until the elections in 2019.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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