Opposition parties welcome withdrawal of Article 100 in the North West – SABC News

Opposition parties in the North West have welcomed the withdrawal of Article 100 intervention by the national government in the province.

The national government withdrew the invoked intervention four years ago.

Five ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, have been placed under administration.

The departments involved are Public Works and Highways, Community Safety and Transportation, Health and Education.

This was sparked by allegations of rampant corruption and lack of service delivery, which led to violent protests.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip in the provincial legislature, Freddy Sonakile, said the withdrawal was long overdue.

“This Section 100 from the start, it’s been messed up with its memorandums and memorandum of understanding and blurry reporting lines and even shoddy characters posing as administrators. It will also be interesting to see the power returned and some GEMS who have been lurking under the shadow of having no power to do their job. The exit is actually good riddance,” says Sonakile.

VIDEO: NCOP report on Section 100 which placed the North West under administration: Theo Venter

Meanwhile, the provincial economic freedom fighters secretary, Papiki Babuile, said the provincial executive will now be held to account by the people.

“We are very happy to be able to hold the provincial government of this province to account because they were elected by the people of this province to lead. As a result, they had plenty of excuses when it came to accountability. This section 100 has come to an end and therefore, as the opposition, we will then take the helm of the executive,” says Babuile.