Luthuli House stops North West fight­back

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Luthuli House has stepped in to avoid an im­passe in North West af­ter the seven may­ors – or­dered by the pro­vin­cial task team to re­sign – pushed back.

North West task team members were called to Luthuli House this week to ex­plain the de­ci­sion to axe the may­ors in the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Madibeng, Moretele, Mahikeng, Maquassi Hills, Ma­musa and Kag­isano Molopo, as well as the Dr Ruth Se­go­motsi Mom­pati dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Pre­mier Job Mok­goro con­firmed the pro­vin­cial cabi­net reshuffle, which led to four MECs be­ing axed on Thurs­day.

Al­though Mok­goro’s move has sparked rum­blings that it was bi­ased and could di­vide the ail­ing struc­tures in the prov­ince fur­ther, City Press learnt that the re­moval of the may­ors was one is­sue about which the pro­vin­cial task team was com­pletely united.

Ear­lier in the week those sym­pa­thetic to the may­ors had toyed with the idea of go­ing to court to block the de­ci­sion but the Luthuli House in­ter­ven­tion ul­ti­mately be­came the pre­ferred op­tion.

How­ever, task team in­sid­ers said the em­bat­tled of­fi­cials were un­likely to find joy be­cause the ANC head­quar­ters had wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

It is ex­pected that the “bless­ings” from that ANC top brass would calm the wa­ters so that the task team could get back to the im­por­tant work of plan­ning for next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

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