The SACP, Cosatu and the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) held an urgent meeting in Mahikeng on Monday following the ANC’s announcement that the appointment of a premier for the North West had been put on hold to allow for further discussions between the party and its alliance partners.
But this has aggrieved the alliance partners. They said they held a meeting at Luthuli House on Sunday, attended by their provincial task team co-ordinators, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Obed Bapela.
The meeting was held prior to the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting at the St George Hotel in Irene, Centurion, on Monday, where a decision was taken not to appoint a premier candidate for the North West.
Commenting on their Sunday meeting, North West Cosatu provincial secretary Job Bliso said: “In that meeting all of us (alliance partners) agreed on one name. We followed all the ANC requirements in assisting the ANC’s NEC to appoint a premier. Three names were forwarded to the NEC, but we pointed out to our co-ordinators that Professor Mokgoro was our priority. We are disappointed.”