North West Premier, Job Mokgoro has called for peace and a return to calm in Ramokokastad following violent clashes within the community and with the police that have escalated since August 09, and have led to the closure of schools, business as well as clinics in the area.
This comes following a meeting held in Mahikeng today with various members of the Ba-Phalane ba ga Ramokoka Royal Family aimed at resolving the current impasse around the villages that make up Ramokokastad; due to the ongoing dispute around the Ramokoka traditional leadership succession.
Premier Mokgoro was accompanied by the MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, Mme Ontlametse Mochware as well as senior government officials at the meeting.
Premier Mokgoro has called on all the involved parties and warring stakeholders to allow normalcy to return to the villages so as to enable learners to go back to the classroom; especially considering that Grade 12 examinations are less than three months away and that they cannot afford to lose any more days of schooling.
Premier Mokgoro was also informed that learning and teaching has not taken place for over 35 days with 9 schools being closed and 109 Grade 12 learners failing to sit down for the mock examinations.
The Premier also committed to having a follow up meeting with all relevant stakeholders next week to as means to ensuring that there is a lasting solution to the traditional leadership succession dispute.