The case against Mahumapelo‚ according to the DA
The DA in the North West has welcomed the resignation of Supra Mahumapelo as premier but says he still has a long list of allegations to answer.
In a statement released on Tuesday night‚ the party detailed its case against the former premier:
• The monument in honour of Jacob Zuma – a broken man who now faces corruption charges;
• Tenders to the Guptas worth millions while the people of the North West suffer without basics like water and electricity;
• His open affiliation and proud friendship with the Guptas who is accused of state capture;
• His disrespect for the Parliament of South Africa – swearing at opposition party members;
• The Premier flatly refuses to share the damning forensic reports that have been commissioned by his office‚ pertaining to provincial departments‚ provincial entities‚ municipalities‚ and municipal entities;
• Supra’s Youth Entrepreneurship Services (YES) Programme‚ which is supposed to address one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country‚ has allocated the bulk of the grant to Ngaka Modiri Molema (R2,019,875) and Bojanala Platinum (R1,752,000) municipalities‚ coincidentally areas where Supra’s personal support base is strongest;
• Hospitals and clinics are understaffed and without resources. There are no proper patient transport systems in place;
• Towns and cities are falling apart due to no maintenance‚ due to corrupt spending by government;
• Our communities and schools are subjected to bucket toilets and pit toilets still – 24 years into our democracy; and
• His open incitement to violence and race division during the Coligny protests.
Mahumapelo resigned on Tuesday after growing pressure from the ANC leadership following weeks of protests in his province. The ANC in the North West said it had accepted the resignation with "great pride".
Residents had protested violently against Mahumapelo's controversial administration‚ bringing parts of the city to a standstill. Hospital services had also been disrupted as a result of a strike.
Up until his resignation‚ Mahumapelo was defiant and denied many of the allegations against him‚ including accusations that his son was irregularly awarded a R1.1 bursary by state arms company Denel. Last month Mahumapelo's spokesperson accused his detractors of waging a campaign to discredit him.