CAPE TOWN: Government’s intervention is necessary in order to break the service delivery deadlock in the North West and to bring temporary reprieve.
Speaking to a Johannesburg-based talk radio, Power FM, a political and policy specialist at the North West University, Theo Venter, believes only a political intervention will adequately resolve tensions in the province.
His comments come after President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to the National Council of Provinces in a bid to put the troubled province under control of the national government for 180 days to allow for an assessment to be conducted.
Last week, Premier Supra Mahumapelo reneged on his initial decision to step down. Instead, the ANC in the province announced that one of his provincial executive committee (PEC) members, Wendy Nelson, would act in his place while he was on leave.
Mahumapelo claims that there is an orchestrated political plot to oust him.
Venter says the ANC must move swiftly as the provincial structure of the North West has become dysfunctional.
He says the placing of the province under administration may not be enough to force Mahumapelo to resign.
“This decision of putting the province under administration wouldn’t bring about a resignation. I think the political action would force him to resign,” Venter said.