MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM BEGINS PROBE OF STATE OF GOVERNANCE IN TROUBLED SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCE

MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA-- The Ministerial Task Team appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week to look into the state of governance in protest-plagued North West Province has arrived in the province on a week-long fact-finding mission.

The task team includes Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Health Aaron Motswaledi. They will look at alleged corruption in some departments and the collapse of the Health Department amidst calls for North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down.

Last week, the national government invoked a section of the Constitution to facilitate placing the provincial Department of Health under administration. The task team will compile a report which it will submit to the Cabinet next week.

The task team's spokesperson, Lungi Mtshali, said Monday that the team was ready for the challenges it would face in the North West.

The task team which is made up of officials from different departments that are part of Ministerial Task Team, as appointed by the President, has just arrived. We have a full complement of officials to really do a fact-finding on the state of the province. This is in preparations of the Ministerial Committee meeting of the Ministers which is going to happen at the end of the week, Mtshali said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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