ANC firmly behind Mahumapelo   

There’s a clear message from the African National Congress (ANC) – at both national and provincial level – no ANC Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL) should vote with the opposition to remove an ANC deployee from a position. 
While this has been an ANC position all along, it was reiterated recently after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Bokone Bophirima called for a motion of no confidence against Premier Supra Mahumapelo. The motion is scheduled to be debated and voted on next week. 
The NEC recently directed all its structures to act decisively against instances that openly undermine the unity of the movement. This was part of its resolutions after the NEC meeting that took place in Cape Town last month. 
Under the “Discipline and Conduct of ANC Caucuses” the NEC said: “All ANC caucuses across legislatures are expected to submit to greater cohesion and maximum discipline, including asserting and defending the hegemony of the ANC. 
“The NEC has directed all its structures to act decisively against instances that openly undermine the unity of the movement and immediately whip into line deployed cadres who openly advance divisive counter-revolutionary agendas to overthrow ANC administrations by aligning themselves with frivolous motions of no confidence from the opposition against fellow ANC Deployees,” the party said in a statement. 
Last weekend the ANC in Bokone Bophirima convened a special joint meeting of the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) deployees, which was also attended by Members of Provincial Legislature (MPLs) in Hartebeespoort. The meeting agreed that the planned motion of no confidence against the Premier must be defeated. 
“All ANC MPLs must vote against it,” said the ANC’s Acting Provincial Secretary, Cde Suzan Dantjie.
The meeting finalized the way forward for the ANC Caucus as follows:
Make study groups functional.
Ensure political management committee works better.
Caucus must sit regularly and its mandates must be adhered to without exception. 
The fight against greed, crime and corruption must be intensified on all fronts and the Premier is encouraged to continue with forensic investigations and remedial actions. 
Caucus applauds Premier for pronouncement on having to respect and working with the law enforcement agencies.
A workshop on Caucus manual must be convened urgently. 
The Executive and municipalities must increase focus on intensifying service delivery.  
The ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) remains the only mandating and accountability structure in the province and must be respected by all members, leaders and deployees. 
Part of the objective of the meeting was also to introduce new NEC deployees to the Legislature Caucus and improve relations among MPLs as part of organizational healing, renewal and unity after the 54th National Conference in December. 
The new ANC NEC Deployees to Bokone Bophirima are: Cde Obed Bapela, Cde Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Cde Malusi Gigaba, Cde Sylvia Lucas and Cde Bathabile Dlamini. 
The ANC in Bokone Bophirima has consistently showed unwavering support for Mahumapelo, who’s also the party’s Provincial Chairperson.  Deputy Provincial Chairperson, Cde Sello Lehari, said the ruling party is not concerned about the EFF’s attempts to unseat the Premier.
“We are content about Mahumapelo’s leadership. We want to put it on record that we are steadfast and behind Mahumapelo as the Premier and the Provincial Chairperson of the party. We have acknowledged that those who call for Mahumapelo’s removal are those who want to be elected as the new leadership. 
“Mahumapelo was democratically elected and only the branches of the ANC can decide. We urge all those who call for his removal to go and campaign at branch level and stop grandstanding. The PEC also calls for tranquility and refrain from causing divisions in the province,” he said. 
Lehari added that ANC members must ensure that the party emerges victorious in the 2019 general elections. He said divisions and mudslinging would affect the party’s election campaign.