ANC regional structures in North West have come to the defence of beleagured premier Supra Mahumapelo, saying they are against all the calls for him to resign.

Protests that have erupted across the province are aimed at calling on the premier to quit.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda Regional Secretary, Sebang Rothman, who read the joint statement says the calls are part of the witch-hunt against those who did not support President Cyril Ramaphosa prior to the ANC national conference in December last year.

Rothman’s also called on police to investigate plans to kill Mahumapelo.

“We are also calling national minister of police and the national leadership of the ANC and the people of Bokone Bophirima province, to be considerate of the safety of the premier. For a very long time, now there have been desperate attempts to kill the premier. We, as the ANC structures still love comrade Supra, and the expectations are nobody holds the licence to kill, regardless of how much you may differ with one another.”

Meanwhile the Freedom Front Plus has laid a complaint with the Office of the Public Protector to investigate claims of fraud and corruption involving the alleged donation of livestock to then President Jacob Zuma by the North West government of Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The provincial administration reportedly facilitated the donation of prize cattle worth millions of rands in 2016 to Zuma.

FF Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, says serious allegations have been made against both Zuma and Mahumapelo.

“We are aware of allegations that former President Zuma received 25 Bonsmara cows and a bull at the value of R525 000. Other allegations made that Mr Mahumapelo received 2 McDonald concessions financed also Mahumapelo received 600 merino sheep on his farm in Delareyville.”