Eyes on North West as ministers arrive in the troubled province

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: EPA

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: EPA

The team of ministers says fact-finding remains work in progress and that they are still going through and verifying the information they have received.

The provincial administration in North West will be under political scrutiny this week as various ministers arrive here to assess their relevant spheres in the province.

Minister in the Presidency for Planning Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who heads the interministerial task team (IMTT), on North West announced on Wednesday that national government had taken control of the North West province under section 100 of the Constitution.

“The constitution states that, when a province cannot or does not fulfil an executive obligation in terms of the constitution or legislation, the national executive may intervene by taking any appropriate steps to ensure fulfilment of that obligation,” she told reporters in Litchtenburg about 60 kilometres from provincial capital Mahikeng.

“The ministers who have equivalent departments in the province will use this week to assess the findings in relation to specific North West provincial departments to determine whether to invoke Section 100(1) (a) or Section 100(1) (b).

“Cabinet will receive the report from the IMTT reflecting recommendations from national departments on the application of the relevant section. The president will then write to inform the NCOP [ National Council of Provinces] of the full nature of the intervention to meet the constitutional obligations,” she said

She tabled a preliminary report detailing the work of the task team over the past weeks.

“The fact-finding remains work in progress, the IMTT is still going through and verifying the information that it received in its consultations with stakeholders. This has to be a meticulous process that ensures that any claims that are made are supported by evidence.”

In Mahikeng, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) marched to provincial offices to hand over a memorandum of demands.

The workers demanded improved salaries, better working conditions and measures to combat corruption.

Nehawu members employed at the social development department have been on strike for four months while those employed at health department have been on strike for three months.

They handed over a memorandum to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, and demanded a response within 24 hours, failing which they would intensify the strike action, including calling for a solidarity strike and a two-day public servant stay-away.

Nehawu president Mzwandile Makwayiba said they would fight until their demands were met.

“We have the money, the energy and time; we will fight. We will give you resources,” he said.

Motsoaledi said corruption would not be tolerated, and those found to have done wrong should face the might of the law.

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