In its rejuvenated state, the ANC took a week to arrive at a decision on who the North West Premier would be.
Through the vigorous campaigning of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC survived a close-call at the polls to, once again, govern South Africa for the next five years.
A tough call on North West Premier position
In the wake of their victory, the party gathered for the special NEC meeting to discuss the Premier positions of the eight provinces they won at the polls. Excluding the Western Cape that was retained by the DA, the ANC’s leadership had tough calls to make about its preferred Premier candidates.
North West was never going to be an easy decision to make, considering the outcome of Supra Mahumapelo’s court bid against the party.
In February, the South Gauteng High Court disregarded the NEC’s decision to replace Mahumapelo and his provincial executive committee PEC with the provincial task team (PTT).
The courts based the ruling on the ANC’s blatant disregard of its investigative report recommendations, which found that the former premier was not guilty of fraud and mismanagement.
According to Mahumapelo and his defence, the investigator, whose task was to assess the fitness of the North West premier and the PEC to hold office, had advised against the decision to oust Supra and co.
Who is the new North West Premier?
While mediations on this ruling have continued behind closed doors, the ANC resolved that the future of a province that has been riddled with rampant corruption ought to be left in the hands of Job Mokgoro, the man they had placed in charge on an interim basis.