Opposition parties in the North West Legislature ready to elect new Premier

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Opposition parties in the North West Legislature say that once the process of electing a new Premier for the province starts, they will put their own candidates forward as well.

They say they have lost faith in the African National Congress (ANC). This comes after former Premier Job Mokgoro resigned as Premier and member of the legislature earlier this week.

Levy Ndou gives insight into the former Premier’s resignation:

Chief whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freddy Sonakile says, “As the DA we will be introducing our own candidate to take him on and to stand against him because we believe that his previous history shows that he has been the advisor to Mokgoro. So part of the decisions that Mokgoro did and took means he was there, he was with him.”

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member in the legislature Lebogang Xaba says, “This time we are not going to support anybody from the ANC. As long that person is coming from the ANC we are not going to support that. If that person is coming somewhere maybe we can go and rethink.”

Local Government expert from North West University, Professor Berry Hanyane says, it is not a surprise that opposition parties want to put forward their own candidates.

“It does not come as a surprise necessarily on this basis that opposition parties would want to unsettle the cage as it were, unsettle the ANC assumed sense of normalcy and one way to do that is to contest this position,” says Hanyane.

VIDEO: Job Mokgoro resigns as North West Premier: