The dissolution of the North West ANC provincial executive council is positive for a province that has been plagued by political power struggles and faction in the ruling party for many years – and the choice of Prime Minister Job Mokgoro as head of the provincial task force of the ANC is a major move, political analysts have said.
In a move that, according to one expert, was intended to bring Mokgoro into the ANC structures, the national executive committee on Thursday dissolved the PEC, which was led by ex-Prime Minister Supra Mahumapelo, and replaced it with the provincial task force team.
The PEC gave the Luthuli House a hard time after they had ordered Mahumapelo to stay after he was initially ordered by the head of the party to step down in the midst of protests from the public service against him.
Political analyst Lesiba Teffo doubted that the new movement would bring unity. But the expert praised Mokgoro's leadership, which describes him as a "very capable man", a technocrat and an intellectual who is highly respected by everyone.
"He has been deployed to repair in North-West, has a wealth of experience and has no ambition at the age of 76 for a political office, which makes him fit to lead the team," said Teffo.
Mokgoro was deployed as Prime Minister by President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Mahumapelo earlier this year, after protests and calls for Mahumapelo to resign – what he did, but he remained at the helm of the ANC in the province.
After a special NEC meeting on Thursday in Cape Town, party secretary general Ace Magashule said that the top management had decided to intervene in North West to increase its capacity to fulfill its mandate to the population.
"The NEC agreed to set up an inclusive task group with the aim of uniting the organization.
"The team is expected to work with all ANC structures, including alliance partners, in guiding the provincial government and building a powerful electoral mechanism until 2019," said Magashule.
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