26 May 2018


Nthusang Lefafa

by: ANCWL welcomes Section 100 intervention   date: 15 May 2018

The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in Bokone Bophirima has welcomed the national government’s intervention in the provincial governance of the province as a wake up call for the ANC-led government. 
The ANC Women’s League told the media at a press conference on Monday that the party’s deployees in government would fully cooperate with the national executive following a decision to evoke Section 100(1) of the Constitution.
Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC Women’s League, Bitsa Lenkopane, said the ANC-led government would continue working hard to fight the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. 
“We welcome the decision of the national executive and we will work together to make our province a better place. The decision to evoke section 100 of the Constitution is an alarm bell which tells us that we can do more to improve service delivery,” she said. 
Parliament confirmed on Sunday that it received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the national government to take over the administration of the province. This intervention comes after a visit by an inter-ministerial task team led by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma following violent protests that included calls for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign.
The ANC Women’s League however said recalling Premier Mahumapelo would not solve the problems that the province face. 
“We inherited a divided society. Recalling Premier Supra Mahumapelo will not solve some of the issues in the province. What is important is that we join hands as an organisation to realise Vision 2030 of the National Development Plan (NDP). The ANC Women’s League would like to congratulate Mahumapelo for taking a bold decision to fight greed, crime and corruption,” said Lenkopane. 
The ANCWL said serving the people of the province remains a top priority. 
According to the Constitution of South Africa, when a province “cannot or does not fulfil an executive obligation in terms of the Constitution or legislation, the national executive may intervene” by taking any appropriate steps to ensure fulfilment of that obligation.
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Thandi  Modise, is expected to table the President’s letter through Parliament's official publication, Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports (ATC), for the attention of Members of Parliament during this week. 
“The matter will follow an ordinary course of parliamentary procedure, which includes it being referred to a committee or committees of the House for processing,” said Parliament’s spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo. 
One of the challenges faced by the province is the protracted strike in the Health Department, which left patients unattended as healthcare workers downed tools for months.
The South African Military Health Service was deployed to the province to assist with ensuring that the people received the healthcare that they need. 
Last week Premier Mahumapelo appointed MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development (FEED), Wendy Nelson, as Acting Premier.
The NCOP must now make a decision on whether Cabinet followed the correct procedure when it put the province under administration.
“As enshrined in the Constitution, the NCOP must independently conduct its own assessment that the national executive observed all procedures and circumstances for the intervention and must make a determination within 180 days,” said Mothapo.