Embattled North West Premier and African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo has urged his supporters in the province to go in their numbers to Durban next month, when former President Jacob Zuma appears in court.
Mahumapelo has been placed on leave by the ANC in the province, which appointed an acting premier in a move many say is illegal. “In this province, comrades on 08 June, after celebrating the chairperson’s birthday on the 07th, we will be getting into our cars to go and support Former President Jacob Zuma, because President Zuma is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law and all of us who are accused, comrades we are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.”
Political analysts and observers say Mahumapelo plans to mobilise members against those wanting to remove him in power, is just a strategy to garner sympathy. Mahumapelo, who is on leave, addressed his supporters this week in Mahikeng.
This was after he reneged on his pledge to resign as premier. Political Analyst Dr Oshupeng Maseng says Mahumapelo still wants to hang on to power.
“I think it is just a strategy for him to start mobilising at ground level and other sectors of society to actually stand behind him during these trying times on his part. He is trying by all means to hang on to power, he is trying by all means to mobilise society so that he chastised by the ANC.”
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