North West ANC PEC keeps Supra on as MPL

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The African National Congress’s provincial executive committee (ANC PEC) has decided to allow former premier Supra Mahumapelo to stay on as a member of the provincial legislature (MPL) after resigning from his position last month.

On Monday, the North West ANC PEC announced that the former premier, who was forced to relinquish his position following violent protests that spread across the province demanding his resignation, would retain his position as an MPL and lead the process of renewal within the party, eNCA reports.

“The PEC decided that the provincial chairperson, Comrade Supra Mahumapelo, should remain an ordinary Member of the Provincial Legislature and lead the process of establishing the OR Tambo Provincial Political School as part of ANC renewal”, Susan Dantjie, acting provinicial secretary announced after the PEC met.

She added that the PEC had agreed to establish a task team to investigate the role of political organisations and individuals in the April violent protests that rocked the province.

“The PEC agreed with and supports a decision by Mahikeng Local Municipality to institute a legal action against organisations that led the destruction of property in their jurisdiction,” she added.

The province was rocked incidents of violence and looting when on April 18, a protest calling for the then-premier Mahumapelo to resign as a result of corruption allegations, turned violent.

On May 8, while delivering his budget speech in the legislature, Mahumapelo promised to hand his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the Legislature, Susan Dantjie.

He then went on to tell the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that as of May 9, he would be the former premier of the North West.

However, he changed his mind following an urgent PEC meeting which resolved that he should not resign, but instead take leave and appoint an acting premier.

He eventually handed in his resignation on May 23, saying that he did expect to retain a position within the party.

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