AS IT HAPPENED: 'ANC North West is fine' - Magashule after Mahumapelo quits as premier

2018-05-23 13:30

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has indicated he would finally step down, during a briefing at Luthuli House, where secretary general Ace Magashule has also insisted that the party in the province is just 'fine'.

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(Courtesy of SABC) 

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule during a press

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The briefing concludes, and Mahumapelo is again thanked for his loyalty.

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Mahumapelo wraps up the briefing himself.

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"The ANC North West is still fine," says Magashule. 

23 May 13:07

Magashule commends Mahumapelo for still remaining as a cadre in the party, despite having been urged to step down as North West premier.

He does however confirm that Mahumapelo will remain as chair of the province, because he was elected to the position by the proper structures, and it still stands.

23 May 13:05

Magashule: "We are talking on behalf of the ANC, and we are saying there is no purge... It won't stand the test of time, because we won't allow it."

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23 May 13:03

Duarte speaks out against talk of factions within the ANC. "It is time to move forward."

23 May 13:02

Duarte reiterates that they are grateful to Mahumapelo for taking the decision to resign. 

23 May 13:01

It was suggested to Mahumapelo, as well as Magashule and Duarte, that they were firm supporters of Zuma in the lead-up to the ANC's national elective conference, and a question was posed about a so-called "purge" perhaps taking place within the party. 

Duarte responds on the topic of a purge.

23 May 12:53

Further confirmation from the ANC itself.

23 May 12:51

Magashule just clarifies that Mahumapelo has, in fact, taken the decision to resign, as it wasn't quite clear in the roundabout way in which Mahumapelo himself phrased it.

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Duarte: "Thank you comrade Supra for taking this step..."

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Mahumapelo: "Now, I have had a discussion with the national leadership, and I've indicated to the national leadership that one of the problems that arose in the province was around this particular matter.

"And that as one embarks on early retirement from the position of premier in the province, it is my hope...that all those issues that we raised in the State of the Province address, which centred around matters of greed, crime and corruption as part of intensifying at all fronts the struggle, against greed, crime and corruption, will be attended to." 

23 May 12:34

Mahumapelo mentions "early retirement".

Mahumapelo: "As one embarks on early retirement from the position of premier in the province, it is my hope that all the issues that are raised...the fight against greed, crime and corruption" will continue.

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Mahumapelo continues to talk about the work and progress made in the North West province.

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Mahumapelo speaks of his focus on small "dorpies" and townships.

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Mahumapelo listing his achievements as premier, and some of the decisions he took.

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Magashule hands over to Mahumapelo, who is now at the podium.

23 May 12:22

Ace Magashule opens the briefing. Joined by Jesse Duarte, and Mahumapelo.

23 May 12:09

Mahumapelo has done an about-turn before, when it was expected that he would step down as premier.

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Supra Mahumapelo expected to finally resign today 

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is expected to finally tender his resignation on Wednesday.

News24 has learnt that Mahumapelo will officially submit the letter to the speaker of the North West legislature, following a media briefing by ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, which is scheduled for noon.

The ANC earlier released an alert, saying that Magashule would brief the media "on the developments" in the troubled province.

Mahumapelo's expected resignation follows a meeting between the party’s officials and the provincial leadership on Monday.

"The provincial working committee was asking the ANC leadership: 'why don’t you speak to us as a structure when discussing Mahumapelo because he did not put himself there'," a source who attended the meeting said. 

23 May 12:01


Supra Mahumapelo death threat claims 'fake' 

Hawks officers investigating the case laid by Supra Mahumapelo – who claimed a hitman was paid R250 000 to kill him – now believe the allegation is fake.

Although the Hawks are officially investigating a case of conspiracy to commit murder, two sources close to the investigation told City Press this week that they “are not buying” the version given by the North West premier’s source.

Mahumapelo has come under increasing pressure to leave office. Last week, he took indefinite leave instead of resigning as he had promised.

His entire provincial government was placed under administration this week after an assessment by an interministerial task team, as well as due to allegations of widespread corruption and maladministration, and the near collapse of provincial health services.

23 May 12:01


North West put under administration: What happens now? 

The interministerial task-team (IMTT) will this week head back to North West as the province has been put under administration.

Last week Cabinet decided to invoke Section 100 (1) on the Constitution, effectively putting the whole provincial administration under administration after Cabinet put the province's health department under administration two weeks before.

In a letter to acting North West premier Wendy Nelson, chairperson of the IMTT, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the IMTT will return to the province to assess the state of affairs and assist the province to "recover and stabilise the situation". 

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Why the ANC in North West could be heading into groundbreaking territory 

(By Ralph Mathekga)

The latest instalment in the ongoing North West saga is the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to place the province under administration.

It is very clear that Premier Supra Mahumapelo has no plan to listen to anyone calling for his removal, including his political bosses in Luthuli House. The move by Ramaphosa is aimed simply at cutting off Mahumapelo's oxygen so he can begin to cooperate with Luthuli House.

With all major decisions about spending money and making payments now left to the task team that would take over key functions in the province, Mahumapelo will begin to run aground and possibly abandon ship in the province. This is how it is all expected to unfold unless Mahumapelo launches a fightback campaign, which I think he is likely to.

23 May 12:01


Supra Mahumapelo: 'The people love me' 

Supra Mahumapelo insists that he is still popular among the people of North West and that he has the best plan to ensure the ANC improves its support in next year’s election.

People “resonate well” with him during his visits to the villages and only a small group of ANC members don’t want him to remain the province’s premier.

In an interview with City Press on Wednesday, Mahumapelo said his detractors feared that under his stewardship, the provincial ANC would do so well “that it would be difficult to justify why you must not retain certain people [after the elections]”.

Mahumapelo had been expected to remain premier if the ANC won the province.

23 May 12:01


More North West powers taken away from Supra 

More departments in the North West are expected to be placed under administration by the national government as the interministerial task team led by Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma returns to the embattled province to give feedback on its findings.

Highly placed insiders in the provincial government and ANC told City Press that plans were underway to increase the number of ministers participating in the task team, which has been seen as an indication that national government was likely to take more powers away from the province.

Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed both the provincial health department and treasury under administration in a bid to stabilise service delivery in the province after social unrest erupted in the capital, Mahikeng, and other parts of the province. 

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