Supra Mahumapelo back in charge of ANC North West, for now

2019-02-11 13:27
Supra Mahumapelo and his supporters celebrate after the court ruled that the  decision to disband the ANC's North West PEC was unlawful Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

Supra Mahumapelo and his supporters celebrate after the court ruled that the decision to disband the ANC's North West PEC was unlawful Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

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The ANC provincial task team in the North West has been dissolved, while the disbanded provincial executive committee (PEC) takes its rightful seat as directed by the Gauteng High Court.

The ANC's top brass met with the PEC on Sunday.

This comes after the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg declared the ANC's decision to dissolve the North West's provincial executive committee unlawful.

READ: High Court rules decision to disband ANC's North West PEC was unlawful

The ruling now sees the PEC, including controversial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo, reinstated.

Mahumapelo and four others successfully challenged the ANC's decision to disband the PEC.

North West ANC spokesperson Gerald Modise told News24 that it was decided at the meeting with the the party's national executive committee that some of the task team's decisions were now nullified. This includes the reshuffle of MECs, the disbandment of the regional executive committees and the removal of mayors.

It is understood that the party's national rapid response team, led by deputy president David Mabuza, is expected to deliver a report this week, after travelling to the North West in a bid to broker peace.

ALSO READ: Mahumapelo in court to challenge PEC disbandment

In the meantime, the party says it is committed to unity as it gets its campaign on track for the May 8 general elections.

At the PEC meeting, it was resolved that the committee would make proposals to the ANC secretary general's office on the running of the PEC once the current term of office expires on Tuesday, as reported on Jacaranda FM.

"Mechanisms of urgently bringing everyone on board regarding elections programme and developing a political approach that seeks to appreciate the concrete political realities of the province to end bickering and divisions among comrades," a PEC statement reads.

"There will be intensification of the elections programme and the building of the alliance in the province", reads the statement.

The ANC has indicated that it plans to appeal the court ruling.

The provincial task team (PTT) has since refuted the claims that Mahumapelo will take back his position at Getrude Mphekwa House, saying the old PEC's mandate expires on Wednesday.

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to include comment from the provincial task team, a full story of which will be published later on Monday evening.

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