Supra faces ANC NEC head-on. His weapon? Mpofu
The advocate is expected to argue the decision to dissolve North West ANC leadership was not justified
Former ANC North West premier Supra Mahumapelo is facing the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) head-on, with the help of advocate Dali Mpofu, to have him reinstated as provincial ANC chairperson.
In a sworn statement filed before the South Gauteng High Court, Mahumapelo said he supported the four ANC members challenging the ANC decision to disband the party’s North West leadership, and has also appointed Mpofu to represent him separately.
“For avoidance of doubt, Mr Mahumapelo supports the relief sought by the applicants,” Mpofu said in heads of argument filed with the court.
They want the court to set aside the NEC’s decision to dissolve the provincial leadership and, at the same time, interdict the interim leadership from any decision making in the province.
The matter is expected to be heard in the Johannesburg court on Friday, a day before the ANC’s NEC sits for a special meeting.
The NEC dissolved the ANC leadership in North West in August and appointed a tentative task team led by premier Job Mokgoro.
Mahumapelo was also included in the interim leadership structure, but he has since turned it down. Now he is fighting back through the courts, saying the decision that led to his removal from office was a violation of the ANC’s constitution.
Mpofu is expected to argue on behalf of the former premier that the decision to dissolve the North West ANC leadership was not justified.
“If the branches [in the North West] have been dysfunctional since 2016, as alleged by the ANC, there could be no valid National Conference because such branches should not have passed the national audit,” the heads of arguments read.
Mpofu has told the court: “The procedural improprieties were so gross that any decision arrived at thereby cannot be held to be in accordance with the ANC.”
Mahumapelo and the four other applicants claim the ANC top leadership decided to take action against the North West PEC after hearing complaints from non-ANC members.
They further claim the term of office of the disbanded PEC was anyways coming to an end in February next year and that there was no basis for them to be removed before that.
The Sunday Times reported previously that the fightback against the NEC decision to disband the North West ANC leaders was discussed during a meeting at the Maharani Hotel in Durban in October, where former president Jacob Zuma was present.
Mahumapelo and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule also participated in that meeting.
An ANC insider said the fact that Mahumapelo was openly challenging the ANC NEC decision through the court showed “the Maharani resolutions were on track”.
Mahumapelo could not be reached for comment, and Mpofu only confirmed that he was representing him and did not comment further.
The ANC’s Pule Mabe said their legal department was handling the matter.