The Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) in the North West Provincial Legislature, Paul Sebegoe today – Thursday welcomed the resignation of Premier Professor Job Mokgoro and expressed the gratitude of the Whippery as well as ANC Caucus for the contributions and service that he has rendered during this term of office.
Premier Mokgoro refused to resign last week despite efforts from the Provincial IPC to push him out of office. Mokgoro said he will only resign after meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In a media briefing last week, IPC Chairperson, Hlomani Chauke introduced Bushy Maape as the next North West Premier. Mokgoro had to resign first and make way for Maape in the Provincial Legislature.
Sebegoe appealed for calm and cooperation while the process to fill the vacancy unfolds.
“Comrade Prof assumed office during a turbulent period but managed to steer the provincial government towards stability even though most departments were under Section 100 administration by the national government,” remarked Sebegoe on behalf of the ANC Caucus.
He stressed that a peaceful and smooth transition will enable not only the provincial legislature but the ANC collective deployed to the institutions to pursue its objective to serve the people of the North West who are yearning for accelerated service delivery and good governance.
He expressed hope that the ANC Interim Provincial Committee, Office of the Speaker and the Independent Electoral Commission (EIC) will expedite necessary administratively processes for the Premier Elect nominated by the ANC, Bushy Maape to be sworn in as a Member of the Provincial Legislature and ultimately elected as Premier.
“All of us must resist the temptation to play to the gallery nor allow anarchists opportunity to foment violence. We are called upon to exercise necessary restraint and discipline in order to ensure that the term of the new Premier is characterised by stability, development including renewed commitment to deepen transformation as well as overcome service delivery challenges that are bothering our communities,” he added.