The Economic Freedom Fighters in the North West Legislature has welcomed Speaker Suzan Dantjie’s decision to postpone the motion of no confidence in Premier Supra Mahumapelo. The motion was supposed to have been debated in the Provincial Legislature in Mahikeng on Tuesday morning.

The EFF proposed the motion last month after the Hawks raided the Premier’s offices. The raids followed allegations that an IT company, Nepo Data Dynamics, was irregularly paid more than 215-million-rand.

EFF leader in the Provincial Legislature Betty Diale says they want the vote to be in secret.

“We have always said it is our EFF sponsored motion, we are only going to proceed with it when it is allowed to be in secret unless it is a court decision that it is otherwise. Now we are happy to say the motion will then proceed once the court processes has been finalised.”

Provincial Legislature spokesperson Tebogo Chaane confirmed the postponement.

“We just wish to communicate the decision of the Speaker that the sitting that was scheduled for this morning, has been postponed on request of the EFF as the sponsors of the motion of no confidence on the Premier due to their intended launching of an urgent application at the High Court to seek a declaratory order forcing the Speaker to proceed with this motion with secret ballot.”

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