18 November 2018


Mokgoro sets the record straight on media inaccuracies  

by: Bonolo Mohlakoana   date: 29 june 2018

Newly elected Bokone Bophirima Premier, Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro, has welcomed the overwhelming generous messages of support and encouragement received across all sections of society, including representatives of political parties in the North West Provincial Legislature.
The Premier said he understands and welcomes the commitment to open dialogue and robust engagement by various sectors of society in a quest to find lasting solutions to challenges facing the province.
He reminded the province’s citizens that over the last two months Cabinet, through the Inter-Ministerial Task Team led by Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, completed a comprehensive assessment of governance in the province, which resulted in Cabinet adopting a resolution to place the provincial government under Section 100. 
Half of departments in the province are under Section 100 (1)(a) and five others under Section 100(1)(b). 

Without exception, all issues raised in the media since the new Premier’s election have been noted and are receiving attention through the Section 100 intervention process, which includes the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster with a clear mandate to pursue prosecution in all cases where clear cases of corruption have been identified.
While this process is ongoing, the North West government wants to set the record straight regarding factual inaccuracies of reports in the media over the last few days.

•    Prof Job Mokgoro’s tenure as Acting Director-General of the North West province was terminated at the end of June 2015
•    The NEPO Data Dynamics contract was entered into between the Office of the Premier and the service provider in March 2016
•    When Prof Mokgoro assumed Office as Acting Director-General, the tender for The New Age daily newspaper - North West edition - was already published, and the appointment for the initial contract of 12 months followed a due tender process. Prof Mokgoro was not involved in the process of the appointment of The New Age after the initial contract, which was done within the law. 
•    The Livifusion contract is an inheritance of the fourth administration. Upon taking Office as Acting Director-General, Prof Mokgoro immediately launched a review process to do a due diligence on the Livifusion contract found to be onerous and unaffordable for the province. Prof Mokgoro handed over this report to the new Director-General for implementation once his contract as Acting Director General concluded at the end of June 2015.
•    Authority for the appointment of senior managers in the public service rest with the Executive Authority. During his tenure as Acting Director-General, Prof Mokgoro was never delegated such authority. The current Chief Director: Communication was appointed first to act in this position in June 2015, and his substantive appointment into the position was ended after a recruitment process initiated and concluded when Prof Mokgoro was no longer Acting Director-General.
“These facts are shared in the spirit of openness and transparency. It is however important to state that all these matters are subject to ongoing investigation under the IMTT process,” Mokgoro said. 

Premier Mokgoro said he is committed to working with the IMTT to ensure full implementation of recommendations including taking action where such is required against all individuals fingered in any acts of corruption or maladministration.