25 March 2019


Wendy Nelson holds the fort as Acting Premier  

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 11 May 2018

MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development (FEED), Wendy Nelson, is acting Premier of Bokone Bophirima while the incumbent, Supra Mahumapelo, is on leave. 
African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima welcomed the appointment after it stopped Mahumapelo from resigning on Wednesday, saying no ANC structure had instructed him to resign or approved his decision. 
Provincial Government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, confirmed the appointment and that Nelson was sworn in on Wednesday.  
“We believe in her leadership to continue to address the needs of our people. We will give Nelson the necessary support when she performs her duties,” Setswambung said. 
Less than 24 hours after she was appointed, government was already faced with a task of speaking out against attempts to tarnish Nelson’s name in order to defocus her. 
The Provincial Administration said it noted with concern the “misleading and unfounded” media reports that imply that Nelson stands accused of fraud, corruption and maladministration. 
“The Provincial Administration places it on record that the Acting Premier, Ms Wendy Nelson, has never had fraud charges laid against her by the North West Health and Social Development Committee as incorrectly reported by the media. It is therefore unfortunate that the media has decided to run with such incorrect information, which casts aspersion on the character of the Acting Premier. Allegations made are malicious and seek to tarnish the work of the Acting Premier in her commitment and determination to selflessly serve the people of North West. She is committed to serve to the best of her ability by ensuring transparent and good governance,” said Setswambung. 
He continued: “The allegation that the Provincial Treasury has paid Mediosa as suggested by media reports is devoid of the truth and has been confirmed in many engagements by the Department of Health and any enquiries relating to this matter must be directed to the Department of Health”.
The Provincial Administration requested that Nelson be given space and time to execute her new responsibilities. 
“Her track record speaks volumes having served with distinction in various portfolios in all three spheres of government,” Setswambung said. 
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cabinet appointed an Inter-Ministerial Task Team led by Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to conduct an urgent assessment of the state of governance in Bokone Bophirima, after violent protests that resulted in destruction of both public and private property. 
Acting Provincial Secretary of the ANC, Sussana Dantjie, said the party welcomes Nelson’s appointment as acting Premier.
“The Premier [Mahumapelo] has not yet resigned and the PEC is the highest decision making body in the province in terms of the Constitution of the ANC. We would like to call for calm in the province, while the Inter-Ministerial Committee concludes its investigations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee is busy with its processes to find a solution to the challenges that our province is facing. Until this IMC has reported back and its report has been exhausted within the movement, there is no reason for the Premier to step down,” Dantjie said. 
The final report by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team is expected by the end of next week.