Bushy Maape has been elected Premier of the North West in a landslide victory over the Democratic Alliance’s nominee Winston Rabotapi.
Maape received 21 votes from the African National Congress while Rabotapi received only 5 votes from the DA.
Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters abstained from the vote.
While the North West Provincial Legislature has a total of 33 members only 26 ballots were filled in following the absence of 3 members and the EFF abstaining from the vote.
Bushy Maape takes over as North West premier following resignation of Job Mokgoro:
North West Premier Job Mokgoro resigns
Mokgoro made the announcement in a virtual media briefing on Thursday morning.
The African National Congress Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) had been calling for Mokgoro’s removal, after accusing him of not taking instructions from the party.
When announcing his resignation, Mokgoro thanked the province’s citizens for giving him an opportunity to lead. Mokgoro also mentioned that during his tenure, he tried by all means to uproot corruption in the province.
ANC IPC apologises to Mokgoro for how communication was handled around his removal as North West premier
Last month, the ANC IPC in the North West apologised to Mokgoro for what they call the discomfort and inconvenience that may have been caused to him about the communication on the decision to remove him as Premier.
He mentioned his dissatisfaction during a meeting with ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.