North West Premier intervenes in Ramokokastad

North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro has invoked Section 10 of the provincial Traditional Leadership and Governance Act to bring stability to Ramokokastad.

Mokgoro on Wednesday addressed a community meeting in the area on Wednesday, which has been hit by violent protests over the last three months. The disruptions led to a shutdown of schools, clinics and several businesses in the area.

Premier Mokgoro said that by virtue of the powers entrusted in him and having taken cognisance of all relevant circumstances, the interests of the BaPhalane Traditional Community as well as the need to restore peace and order in the area, he immediately invoked Section 10 (2) read with Section 9 (3) of the North West Traditional Leadership and Governance Act, Act No 2 of 2005 as an intervention measure, said the Office of the Premier.

Section 10 (2) states that the Premier may, subject to the provisions of this Act and the Constitution and with due observation of the tradition applicable in a traditional community, take such steps as may be necessary.

Wednesday’s decision followed allegations of maladministration and corruption brought by the community against the BaPhalane Traditional Council.

The decision is a culmination of a series of meetings between the BaPhalane boo Ramokoka, Premier Mokgoro, the MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs, Ontlametse Mochware as well as the leadership of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality.

Premier Mokgoro told the community that the intervention measures to be put in place would involve the appointment of investigators with clear terms of reference relating to issues raised around administration and good governance, said his office.

To bring about stability, members of the community are urged to cooperate with and support the intervention team.

Mokgoro appealed to the BaPhalane boo Ramokoka to allow learners to go to school, allow the clinics to open and daily operations to continue while the intervention is unfolding.

The Premier announced that due to the sensitivity of the prevailing situation and to bring stability, the intervention will be with effect from today, said his office.

Source: South African Government News Agency