Mahumapelo takes leave of absence

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The ANC PEC in the North West says Premier Supra Mahumapelo will take leave of absence and it will appoint someone to act in his place. The provincial PEC addressed the media in Mahikeng on Wednesday afternoon.

Mahumapelo says he has appointed Finance MEC Wendy Nelson to act in his position as he takes a leave of absence.

Mahumapelo appointed Nelson after a protracted ANC provincial executive committee meeting in Mahikeng. In an exclusive interview with SABC NEWS, Mahumapelo said Nelson would act until the party’s national leadership decided his fate.

“There is an agreement between ourselves as the province and the national leadership to put the resignation in abeyance in order to give space to more engagements to happen in the organisation. It is very important for those engagements to happen and the national leadership said what is possible is for the premier to appoint one MEC to act. So the PEC said we can appoint MEC Nelson to be an acting premier.”

Earlier he was adamant that he would remain in his portfolio, after addressing his supporters after the ANC PEC meeting which he chaired in Mahikeng.

He has now accused some disgruntled ANC members of what he terms causing problems in the North West.

“One has gone through so many things in the organisation. So many challenges, so many difficulties but we’ll remain disciplined in the ANC because comrades, it’s now the ANC that causes us difficulties. It is individuals within the ANC that cause problems,” Mahumapelo said.

On Tuesday Mahumapelo told the SABC News in an exclusive interview that he would resign before midday on Wednesday.