North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo resigns

08 May 2018 - 20:46 By Aphiwe Deklerk
Supra Mahumapelo.
Supra Mahumapelo.
Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan

The North West ANC welcomed the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Tuesday night.

His resignation come after a close to two-month long strike in the provincial capital of Mahikeng and pressure from his party leadership. Mahumapelo was also facing a motion of no confidence from the opposition EFF‚ which some of his ANC colleagues‚ including members of his cabinet‚ had vowed to support.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the ANC in the North West said it accepted the resignation with "great pride".

"As an organisation we will forever be appreciative and learn from his emphatic‚ principled but simple approach to issues‚" said acting provincial secretary Suzan Dantjie.

Dantjie said the party commended Mahumapelo having worked in the province in pursuit of a better life its people.

"In his 35 years of revolutionary activism in the ANC‚ he has mastered the art of remaining simple and humble at all times‚ despite sustained concocted attacks against him by some friends and comrades‚" said Dantjie.

Dantjie said Mahumapelo will continue to serve the ANC in whatever new role the party decided for him.

"We urge him to remain steadfast in what he believes are the necessary tasks of executing the revolution‚" Dantjie said.

Dantjie said the ANC in the North West believed in Mahumapelo's innocence until he’s proven otherwise.

Mahumapelo's resignation comes amid numerous allegations including the collapse of the province's health department.

The national government intervened at both the NW health and treasury department. Among other corruption allegations at the province is an advance R30-million payment to a Gupta-linked company for provision of mobile clinics.

Another is a gift of cattle worth R1.5-million‚ meant for emerging farmers‚ to former president Jacob Zuma.


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