Bushy Maape has been announced as the Premier-elect for the North West province. This follows the removal of Job Mokgoro as premier.
The IPC’s Hlomane Chauke made the announcement a short while ago.
“The African National Congress in the North West welcomes the decision of the NEC to deploy a veteran with intensive experience in both government and the movement. Keabetswe Bushy Maape as the Premier-elect of the North West province. The process to deploy comrade Maape followed the intensive interviews of the three candidates that were recommended to the national structure of the African National Congress.”
Good luck to the North West Premier elect Bushy Maape…. pic.twitter.com/BY6FJpPEjE
— Bulelani Phillip (@BulelaniPhillip) August 17, 2021
The ANC had submitted three names of preferred candidates to the party’s national leadership for Mokgoro’s replacement. They were current legislature speaker, Susana Dantjie, Finance MEC Motlalepule Rosho and IPC member, Bushy Maape.
After a three-year reign as the Premier of the North West Mokgoro vacated the office. During his tenure, there were many trials and tribulations both in public administration and the greater politics of the ruling party.
Our reporter Sentleeng Lehihi takes a look at the rise and fall of Job Mokgoro.
Mokgoro was born in the Northern Cape in May 1948. Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro obtained multiple academic accolades including a Master of Public Administration Degree in the United States of America, before his appointment as a lecturer at the University of Bophuthatswana, now called North West University.
He was married to former Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. It was during the Bophuthatswana transitional period after former president Lucas Mangope was ousted, that Mokgoro rose to prominence and worked in the transitional government.
He was appointed Director-General in the North West Province’s first democratic administration as well as the 4th administration under Supra Mahumapelo’s premiership.
Mokgoro was hand-picked by a special ANC National Working Committee in June 2018 to stabilise the province after the party’s Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, resigned after public protests against his leadership following widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
A month before his appointment, the entire provincial government was placed under administration after major financial, governance, and capacity challenges were recorded at provincial departments.