JOB MOKGORO, the premier of North West has finally resigned.
This was confirmed this morning, following his meeting with President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa on Wednesday.
Professor Mokgoro, was seconded by the ANC’s Interim Provincial Committee to the Premier position after the forced axing of Supra Mahumapelo in 2018.
He felt he was being pushed out by those who were corrupt and wanted to loot the State coffers.
During his leadership, close to five or six municipalities were put under administration, so are some of the departments such as health and public works.
In his letter, he said he tried to root out corruption in the province, yet many believe he still failed to deliver basic services to communities such as water, sewerage, potholes, electricity and creation of jobs.
This is exacerbated by the fact that one of the leading dairy company’s in SA Clover, could relocate to KZN from Ditsobotla Municipality, as a result of political instability, amongst others.
“I took the road less travelled as I sought to prioritise the needs of our people over various competing interests. At times, very lonely and riddled with difficulty as we confronted poverty, unemployment and inequality head-on,” he said.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the people of the North West for their vote of confidence, their support and encouragement over the last three years.
“The opportunity to serve the people of the North West would not have arisen if it were not for the ANC, the party that I serve. My gratitude is directed therefore to the ANC, collective leadership headed by President Cyril Ramaphosa,” says Prof Mokgoro in the resignation letter.
He will be replaced by ANC’s veteran Bushy Maape, who has been waiting impatiently.
Image (Incoming NW Premier and an academic Bushy Maape).