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Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File, AFP)  ~ 

President Cyril Ramaphosa's inter-ministerial committee (IMC) task team, which is looking into the state of the North West province, has started meeting with leaders at different municipalities.

"This week, we also decided, since we visited the province, we must visit at least two municipalities this week to assess the state of the municipalities," IMC head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

"This will give us a dipstick assessment of where things are in municipalities," added the minister in the presidency, who is charge of the planning, monitoring and evaluation portfolio.

Dlamini-Zuma was addressing the media for the first time since her appointment on April 25.

Ramaphosa first placed the province's health department under administration, and appointed the IMC, following the outbreak of violent protests in the platinum-rich province, as residents demanded the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Health services had also collapsed, with staffers at hospitals in the province being on strike for more than two months.

The president has since placed the whole province under administration, following a preliminary report by the IMC.

However, Dlamini-Zuma would not divulge details of the report that was presented to Cabinet, and which led to the decision to place the entire province under administration.

The IMC includes several ministers from the departments of health, cooperative governance and traditional affairs, agriculture, public works, and some various others from the justice cluster.

News24 previously reported that Cabinet had decided to invoke Section 100(1) (b) of the Constitution of 1996 to address the apparent crisis, particularly in the health sector.

Dlamini-Zuma said various ministers were meeting with heads of their equivalent departments in the province in order to determine if the Section 100 should be section (a), which will see the national department working with its provincial counterpart to turn things around, or section (b), which would see the entire department taken over by the national office.


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