16 May 2019

South Africa: North West Premier Wrangle a Crucial Indicator of Ramaphosa's Power in the ANC


The ANC has until Monday to decide who to appoint as its candidate for premier of North West. The outcome of this bunfight could be an indication of where the power lies in the party's national executive committee.

The ANC Women's League's objection to the lack of gender parity among the ANC's candidates for provincial premiers came at the last minute of the national executive committee meeting on Monday.

The party was poised to announce that it would put up six male and two female candidates to be elected as premier when legislatures convene next week, but league president Bathabile Dlamini declared this as wrong. She particularly objected to Job Mokgoro's name, those with close knowledge of the meeting's procedures said.

Mokgoro took over as premier when Supra Mahumapelo was removed from his position in 2018, and is supported by many as a politically unambitious figure who will bring stability to the province. The custom is for the ANC to appoint its provincial chairperson as premier, but in North West -- as in Limpopo and the Free State -- the ANC is yet to convene a conference to elect new leaders.

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