Cabinet invokes Constitution to take over North West Health Department

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 26, 2018

Earlier on Thursday‚ TimesLive reported that the North West provincial department of treasury and department of health had been placed under administration.

"Cabinet has approved the invoking of section 100 (1) (b) of the Constitution...to address the apparent crisis, particularly in the health sector", Mokonyane said while briefing the media on Wednesday's fortnightly cabinet meeting.

"As a caring government, Cabinet has approved two immediate interventions to restore order and stability in the area".

Health professionals in the province have been on strike for a month.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an inter-ministerial team to advise on the governance of the North West province and the threats confronting the region, his office said on Thursday, a week after protests erupted in the region.

"Ramaphosa and the ANC are not interested in building the North West and restoring order, they are only interested in sustaining their political careers; all at the expense of the people who are calling for change".

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo says it is up to the ANC to tell him to step down.

The violent protests gripping the province, as residents call for the embattled Mahumapelo to go, exacerbated a strike led by the National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), which led to the closure of hospitals and clinics in the province, after staff members downed tools.

Its task team - comprising the Ministers of Planning‚ Monitoring and Evaluation (as convener); Health; Finance; Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs‚ as well as the Justice‚ Crime Prevention and Security Cluster of Ministers. - is expected to submit a report in the next two weeks.

"On engaging Premier Supra Mahumapelo on whether he should actually step down, that is not the brief of government and of the team for now", she said.

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