... but many are fighting to make sure Supra never rises again
ANCYL wants the NEC to dissolve Mahumapelo's provincial executive committee because it was a 'one-man show'
Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo may have resigned from government, but he faces a new battle to remain chairperson of the governing party in his province.
There are calls for the ANC national executive committee, which meets this weekend, to disband Mahumapelo's provincial executive committee.
The ANC Youth League in the province says it wants the NEC to dissolve the provincial leadership because it was a “one-man show”.
“Our view is that if you had a provincial leadership of the ANC that is equal to the task, all the challenges that [have arisen] for the past two months, wouldn’t have [arisen],” said ANCYL secretary Sipho Dial.
He said the ANC leadership in the province was weak and was unable to hold its government deployees accountable.
“We want the NEC to dissolve and allow for a rebuilding process where capable comrades who are familiar with the practices of the ANC are given chance to take charge ... especially as we are approaching provincial and national government elections,” said Dial.Other party insiders had also called for the PEC to be dissolved amid tensions in the party’s provincial caucus where Mahumapelo’s opponents, including some members of his cabinet, were said to be ready to vote out their premier.
ANC leaders at a press conference on Wednesday confirmed that Mahumapelo and his leadership collective were still in charge as they were elected by conference.
Announcing his departure, which he called an “early retirement”, Mahumapelo fashioned himself as a corruption-buster, citing 29 forensic investigations into construction contracts which left a number of unfinished RDP houses and crooked current and former government officials.
But he said he decided to retire because he didn’t want to be accused of using his office to go after his detractors.
“The first reason is to say all these investigations that are taking place in the province ... if they are taking place in my presence, there would be an accusation that I am using the office also to protect myself,” said Mahumapelo.
He said since he was also an accused on the cases that were currently being investigated in the province, it would be difficult to avoid an allegation that he was abusing his office to defend himself or get rid of his opponents.
But Mahumapelo took a swipe at his detractors, labelling some, including a grouping called the Revolutionary Council which was at the forefront of protests for his removal, as counter-revolutionary.
“Investigate this phenomenon which resulted in the loot and torching of houses, destruction of property [during the protests] ... we will at the right time indicate to the leadership our information with regard to the people who were behind what is called the ‘people’s demand’,” he said.
He said the party should provide sufficient political education for ANC branches to help them understand that the violent protests were nothing but “counter-revolution”.