- Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo has been temporarily suspended from the ANC.
- He is facing a disciplinary process for, among other things, dividing the party in the province.
- The interim ANC leadership said they had to deal with ill-disciplined members.
The ANC's interim provincial committee (IPC) in North West has temporarily suspended former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo's membership pending the outcome of the party's disciplinary proceedings.
The party said this decision was taken because Mahumapelo had committed a number of offences.
Mahumapelo was expected to appear before the IPC on Wednesday.
The much-anticipated hearing was postponed on 20 February when both Mahumapelo and acting provincial ANC Women's League secretary Bitsa Lekonpane failed to appear at a virtual meeting.
They stand accused of organising a parallel rally aimed at sowing division in the party.
The rally took place a few metres from an official Siyanqoba rally, which was initially organised by the North West IPC in Mareetsane in December 2020.
If found guilty and suspended by the disciplinary committee, the embattled Mahumapelo could be recalled from his deployed position in Parliament, where he serves as the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Tourism.
He is alleged to have made utterances to JB Marks Municipality Mayor Kgotso Khumalo at a gathering in the sub-region, telling him to disregard the IPC's instruction to vacate his office.
News24 understands there has been an exchange of letters between the disciplinary committee and Mahumapelo's lawyers.
The provincial committee wrote two letters asking the former premier to explain himself.
Mahumapelo is expected to appear before the IPC while also facing charges before the party's provincial disciplinary committee.
IPC coordinator Hlomani Chauke said unity could not be restored within the party in the province if ill-disciplined members weren't dealt with.
"You need to be very hard when dealing with matters of ill-discipline. Because we cannot use an element of unity against the ill-discipline. Everybody understands, especially matured leaders of the movement that know that the ANC has its challenges... and if it's them who continue to perpetuate ill-discipline the party will have to come in and we'll have to restore discipline," Chauke said.