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FF Plus in North West shocked by ANC’s controversial choice of premier

Today’s election of the controversial Lazarus Mokgosi as the new Premier of the ANC-controlled North West comes as a shock.

Mokgosi has been surrounded by controversy since 2016 when he and five other ANC-deployed senior managers of North West’s Department of Public Works were suspended for their alleged involvement in several irregularities uncovered by a forensic investigation.

A forensic investigator, Open Waters, was appointed in 2014 to investigate suspected irregularities in the Department. The report on the investigation’s findings was never released.

Mokgosi’s election today only strengthens the impression that the ANC in the North West will protect, and even reward, corrupt ANC cadres at all costs. Clearly, the province is still in the grip of the ANC’s corruption troika.

The FF Plus in the North West Legislature will demand that the entire 2016 report by Open Water be disclosed to determine whether Mokgosi is a suitable candidate to serve as North West Premier.

North West residents have been bearing the brunt of corruption and the looting of public funds under consecutive ANC governments for too long now.

The FF Plus will keep fighting for a professional provincial government in a corrupt-free environment to restore and rebuild North West.

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