The DA in the province said the announcement by provincial ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo that the name of the province would be changed to Moses Kotane was associated with factional battles within the ruling party.
“This Mr Mahumapelo’s announcement is an attempt to get ahead of Premier Thandi Modise, who was likely to address the name change in her state of the province address.
“This move has formally drawn the Modise-Mahumapelo battle lines. Mahumapelo’s announcement made the name change a rallying point in his struggle for the premier’s position which has evaded him for such a long time,” said DA provincial leader Chris Hattingh.
He said the choice of Moses Kotane for a new name for the province was an attempt to garner support from the ANC alliance partners, Cosatu and the SA Communist Party.
“Nothing will stop the Mahumapelo struggle to replace his arch rival, Thandi Modise, as the North West premier in his attempts to consolidate his power over the province.
“The launching of the provincial name change issue was designed to deflect the focus from the real state of the North West province, the impact of ANC policies, specifically its cadre deployment policy and the protection of corrupt officials,” said Hattingh.
He said the province had declined to one of the most corrupt provinces in the country with service levels spiralling, while the continuous job losses in the manufacturing mining and agriculture sector contributed to the dwindling economy.
“Attempts to resolve factional disputes by the national ANC portrays an organisation deeply divided at provincial level and driven by an insatiable lust for power and control over financial resources by small elitist groups,” said the provincial opposition leader.