North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro has praised the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and residents for ensuring that they stop being subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of public resources.

Mokgoro was speaking at the North West Cosatu 5th Elective Conference which started in Mahikeng on Wednesday night.

He took over from former premier Supra Mahumapelo who was removed following public protests.

Mokgoro insisted that corrupt officials who have been pointed out by the Inter ministerial Task Team probed governance in the province be harshly dealt with.

“If it had not been for Cosatu, other public sector unions and in particular the people of the North West, we would have still been subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of much needed public resources. The stench of corruption in the public service indeed undermined trust within government and robbed many of our communities of the much needed efficient and effective delivery of services,” Mokgoro says.

Cosatu Provincial Chairperson Solly Lekhu raised concerns with what he termed a dysfunctional alliance within the North West.

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