Former North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo, waves goodbye after announcing he would be taking 'early retirement' at a press conference at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on May 23 2018.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Supra Mahumapelo is headed back to the political wilderness after he finally succumbed to pressure from the ANC to quit his postion as the premier of North West.

His woes are not over as his detractors within the African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee are most likely going to push that the highest decision-making structure disband the North West executive committee.

Mahumapelo has been here before.

In 2009, the Jacob Zuma-led ANC disbanded the North West provincial executive as it was deemed to be factional.

But insiders insisted that Zuma was merely punishing Mahumapelo – who was then provincial secretary – for leading a delegation that supported former president Thabo Mbeki at the Polokwane conference two years earlier.

Mahumapelo was said to be so angry with Zuma that he is said to have actively participated in the formation of the ANC-splinter party, Congress of the People – but never joined officially.