SABC News has reliable information that the African National Congress (ANC) in the North West has resolved to remove seven of its members within the provincial legislature. These are members who are believed to have been colluding with opposition parties in the province to remove Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Amongst them is outspoken South African Communist Party (SACP) Provincial Secretary, Madoda Sambatha and Standing Committee on Public Accounts Chairperson, Mahlakeng Mahlakeng.
Among those to replace them is the former MEC for Education, Johannes Tselapedi, Former Mayor of the Matlosana Local Municipality Mike Khauoe and Abraham Mudau.
Mudau was previously deployed to National Parliament and had to make way for Brian Molefe. Sambatha says they will challenge their removal.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in that province has written to the Speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature. The party is challenging the decision by the ANC PEC, to place Premier Supra Mahumapelo on so called leave of absence.
The EFF has confirmed that the Speaker has been given 72 hours to respond to the letter, failing which their lawyers will file court papers to challenge the appointment.
MEC of Finance Wendy Nelson was subsequently appointed as acting premier.
In other developments, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) in the province has distanced itself from a march that Premier Supra Mahumapelo is organising. Mahumapelo announced this week that the march, to restore peace and stability in the province, would be led by church leaders.
This was after he u-turned from his initial pronouncement that he was resigning. The North West province has been experiencing violent protests with communities demanding that the premier go.
SACC representative in the province, Bishop Victor Phalana says they support these calls.
“It is time for him to step down, we are very disappointed that he promised to step down and the reneged on that and turned around and that is causing a lot of uncertainty; it is causing a lot of confusion because we don’t know his status at the moment. He is supposed to be on an 18 week leave of absence and we do not understand what that leave is all about.”
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