19 September 2018


Legislature ready to swear in new Bokone Bophirima Premier   

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 01 June 2018

The North West Provincial Legislature says preparations to swear in a new Premier for the province are underway and it is hoped that the vacancy would be filled in by 8 June.
Secretary in the Office of the Speaker of the Legislature, Oageng Mosiane, told Semphete this after the resignation last week of former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.
“The House has received Mahumapelo’s resignation letter as the Premier. The due date [to fill the vacancy] will be the 8th of June 2018 and preparations to swear in the new Premier are underway,” Mosiane said. 
In his resignation speech at Luthuli House - the headquarters of the African National Congress - Mahumapelo said stepping down was the best decision in the interest of the province.
“If I continue to stay in the office and I’m also accused, and at the same time we’re dealing with all these 35 forensic investigations and other additional ones which are going to come, it will be very difficult to avoid the accusation that you are using the office in order for you to get at your political opponents or to defend yourself. So I then came to the decision that I think it will be better for one to go on early retirement,” he said.
Mahumapelo added: “One has arrived at a very conscious decision to say one must go on early retirement so that those two processes can go on without a hindrance”. 
He was accused of corruption and fraud by his detractors in the African National Congress (ANC) and the opposition parties, but none had presented evidence to support the allegations and Mahumapelo is yet to face any charges in a court of law related to those claims. 
He also urged the leadership to continue to fight greed, crime and corruption. Mahumapelo highlighted few cases that need to be investigated like shoddy road projects, D-Account and immovable assets belonging to government that are now in the hands of private sector.
Even though it is unclear who will replace Mahumapelo, the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) said it’s consulting party structures and other stakeholders in a process to take a final decision on the name of the new Premier.