05 December 2020


Residents welcome Mokgoro as new Premier  

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 22 july 2018

Some residents of Bokone Bophirima province swiflty welcomed an announcement on Thursday that Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro was the Premier-Elect for the province. 
The governing African National Congress (ANC) decided to deploy Mokgoro to the position a month after former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, announced his resignation just less than a year before the end of his term of office. The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) this week mandated the National Working Committee to finalise the matter after the one-day Special NEC meeting failed to wrap it up. 
ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, explained the process that was followed to choose Mokgoro. 
 “You remember very well that the decision to appoint the Premier is the 52nd Conference Resolution. The resolution says the province must submit three names and the NEC will then decide on those three names which must be in the order of preference. Now the Special NEC mandated the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) to finalise that decision,” he said.
Magashule further said the NWC unanimously resolved on the nomination of Mokgoro as the Premier-elect for the province because he is a tried and tested ANC activist and administrator.
“Mokgoro is fit enough to deal with the challenges at hand, including creating stability within the provincial administration and provide much needed services. I am sure we can agree that it will be important for alliance and everybody to support him.
“No individual can work as individual as we need clean work and societal support. So, we need the ANC and its alliance to support him. Mokgoro is currently responsible for the Ikatisong School of Governance in the North West Provincial Government administration,” he said.
Magashule added that Mokgoro holds a number of administrative and academic accolades, including a Masters and Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration.
The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima also welcomed the announcement. ANC acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie said: “The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) decided last week Friday after analysis of the political and governance situation to put the name of Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro forward as one of the names for consideration by the NEC. 
“We did this because we have full confidence in Mokgoro as one of the astute administrators and ANC cadres. As the PEC, we will work and support the new Premier in continuing with the Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal of the province as decided by our Lekgotla this year”. 
Dantjie said the ANC urged all organisations and people of the province in general to put their differences aside and renew the province so that all can see the benefits of the home province. 
The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in Bokone Bophirima also commended the ANC NWC for choosing Mokgoro. SANCO Provincial chairperson, Paul Sebegoe, said Mokgoro is a “reputable and seasoned administrator who brings a wealth of experience and professionalism into the responsibility he will be taking over.
”The responsibility to stabilise the current administration while overseeing implementation of the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Task team towards restoring good governance and effective systems for prudent financial management suits him well,” he said. 
Sebegoe said t SANCO would support Mokgoro if he will not be involved in any cover-up of corruption, maladministration and prioritise the development needs of communities.
“The ball is now in his court to demonstrate his patriotism as well as loyalty to the people of the North West province who will be looking up to him with the expectation that he is incorruptible and will not compromise his integrity,” he said.
Tshegofatso Seleke (24) from Setlopo village in Mahikeng said she welcomed Mokgoro’s appointment.
“We believe that the new Premier will be in the right lane because he will be under pressure. All eyes will now be on Mokgoro to see if he will commit the same mistakes committed by the previous Premier,” Seleke said.
Lesego Kelehetsoe (23) from Majemantsho village in Mahikeng said he would like to see Mokgoro creating more job opportunities for the youth.
Zandile Mpanyane (24) from Unit 9 in Mmabatho was cautious. 
“Eish….I have mixed feelings about this because all politicians keep on disappointing us. However, I believe Mokgoro brings some changes and will not be tempted by any fraud, corruption and maladministration. We are faced with crime in our daily lives and that needs to be taken into consideration,” Mpanyane said.