Opposition parties reject Mokgoro’s SOPA responses

2020-Feb-28   07:32

Opposition parties reject Mokgoro’s SOPA responses
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West have rejected Premier Job Mokgoro’s response to their questions about his state of the province address (SOPA
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- Thabang Morutloa

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the North West have rejected Premier Job Mokgoro’s response to their questions about his state of the province address (SOPA).

Mokgoro delivered the annual speech last week and answered opposition parties’ questions on Thursday at the North West Provincial Legislature in Mahikeng.

EFF had asked Mokgoro about a water crisis in the province and why the North West still had clinics built from asbestos. For the DA, a question about the unemployment rate in the province and the collapse of municipalities was key.

EFF’s provincial chairperson, Matshidiso Botswe, said Mokgoro did not respond to the party’s questions, but instead presented an addition of what was left out during his SOPA.

“The premier did not answer our questions. Firstly we spoke of the 14 asbestos clinics that we have in the province, which the premier said they intend to repair. But according to the APP that was adopted by this House these asbestos don’t appear anywhere, now the question is where are they going to find money to repair them?” Botswe asked.

The DA’s legislature caucus leader, Winston Rabotapi, said the party still believes Mokgoro is unfit to deliver the SOPA and it’s seeking legal advice on the matter.

“We still believe that the premier is not relevant to deliver Sopa, and we handed this matter to our lawyers and are still discussing it,” said Rabotapi.

Opposition parties argue that Mokgoro did not have authority to deliver the speech because his government is under Section 100 (1) (b) that places the province under administration.

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