South Africa 24.5.2018 01:05 pm

Cabinet approves national govt taking over running of five NW depts

This comes after Supra Mahumapelo stepped down as premier of the province this week.

Five departments of the provincial government in North West have now been placed under full administration by the national government, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday.

Briefing journalists on the outcomes of the fortnightly Cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said the office of the premier, the department of community safety and transport management, the department of basic education and sports development, the department of health, and the department of public works and roads would be placed under full administration, meaning national government would assume responsibility for these functions.

Furthermore, the department of finance, economy and enterprise, the department of local government and human settlements, the department of rural, environmental and agricultural development, the social development department, and the tourism department will be subject to section 100 (1)(a) of the South African Constitution.

This means the national government has issued an order to the provincial executive to comply with their obligations, or face being placed under full administration.

“Cabinet approved that the necessary correspondence is sent to the National Council of Provinces and that communications with the relevant stakeholders in North West should take place.”

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo resigned this week after significant pressure from within his party and after violent protests that rocked the province.

African News Agency (ANA)

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