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ANC North West withdraws Supra resignation, As it happened

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Supporters of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo. (Tshidi Madia/News24)
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09 May 2018

Dantjie: President Cyril Ramaphosa has never forced the premier to resign.

09 May 2018

Dantjie says they haven't slept cause branches were worried that a decision had been taken without informing the.

09 May 2018

Dantjie: the PEC has instructed Mahumapelo to withdraw his resignation. Says he was not instructed to do so and made the comments without telling anyone.

09 May 2018

Mahumapelo: "The law must not be selective, the rule of law must not be biased... that's why when we act, we must act in a manner that is not biased."

09 May 2018

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'I won't resign until the PEC has met' - Mahumapelo 

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo will not officially announce his decision to step down from his role as head of the province on Wednesday morning as expected.

A message from his office told journalists that the briefing had been "postponed indefinitely".

The advisory said this was due to new developments overnight.

"The provincial leadership of the ANC has directed that I not resign until the PEC has met today," Mahumapelo told News24 on Wednesday morning.

It's understood an emergency meeting had been called to discuss his decision.

A member of the chief whip's office told News24 that no resignation had been received from Mahumapelo. 

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09 May 2018

Doctors unable to enter Tshepong Hospital as protest action continues in North West 

Protesters have blocked healthcare workers from entering Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp as protests continue in the North West following the possible resignation of beleaguered Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

According to recent tweets, the situation remains tense in the province as doctors and ambulances have not been allowed to access the hospital.

News24 previously reported that protesters stormed the hospital last week and forced staff out.

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09 May 2018

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Mahumapelo should still be held accountable 'for the collapse of the North West' - DA 

The Democratic Alliance in the North West has welcomed Supra Mahumapelo's resignation as premier on Tuesday night, but remained adamant he should still be held accountable "for the collapse of the North West".

The ANC in the province announced "with a sense [of] apprehension - but great pride" that Mahumapelo had voluntarily vacated his position on Tuesday night amid growing calls for his removal.

DA leader in the North West Joe McGluwa said: "The ANC and [President Cyril] Ramaphosa must hang their heads in shame for dragging their feet and accommodating Mahumapelo's arrogance, all while the province burned and people lost their lives.

"Whoever the ANC deploys to serve as premier will continue where Mahumapelo left off - it will be more of the same," he said.

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09 May 2018

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'Packing my bags and going home from tomorrow,' says Supra Mahumapelo 

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has given his strongest indication yet that he will step down on Wednesday.

This, after widespread violent protests occurred in the province in which residents called for him to step down as premier and as ANC chairperson in the province.

News24 asked Mahumapelo on Tuesday evening if reports that he would be stepping down on Wednesday were true. He responded: "Packing my bags and going home from tomorrow."

In an interview with the SABC, Mahumapelo told the public broadcaster that "by tomorrow (Wednesday) midday, Supra Obakeng Mahumapelo will be the former premier of the North West".

ANC members in the North West are already celebrating, expecting the imminent departure.

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