ANALYSIS | The rise, fall, rise and fall again of the ANC’s ‘Black Jesus’
After his latest fall from grace, will there be another resurrection for Supra Mahumapelo?
Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo is one ANC politician who has fallen from grace only to rise again. But with the power dynamics in the ANC having taken a 180º turn since his last rise 2017, the question arises: Will there be another resurrection for the man known as “Black Jesus” within ANC circles?
So powerful was “Comrade SOR” in the ANC, that even though he was booted out of his office as party provincial secretary in 2009, he returned more emboldened three years later — this time as the powerful provincial chairperson.
Mahumapelo’s provincial executive committee had been disbanded by then-president Jacob Zuma in 2008, after the North West politician threw his weight behind Zuma’s rival at the time, Thabo Mbeki...