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ANC PEC turns Mahumapelo’s resignation request down

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima has vehemently rejected the resignation of its Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, from the position of the province’s Premier.
 
This means that Mahumapelo, who is facing untested allegations from a group of detractors in the ANC and opposition parties, remains Premier, though he had told the media that he would cease to hold the position by Wednesday afternoon. Though the ANC refused to accept his offer to resign, the party agreed that the Mahumapelo could go on leave and appoint an Acting Premier while he’s taking a break to allow an inter-ministerial committee to probe challenges in the province. ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member Wendy Nelson has been appointed Acting Premier. 
 
An emergency Special ANC PEC meeting on Wednesday said Mahumapelo could not resign without either the instruction or the blessing of the party, something that has not happened despite misleading media reports. 
 
ANC Acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie, said the PEC engaged Mahumapelo so as to hear his reasons for wanting to resign.
“We turned down his request because there is no structure within the party that requested him to resign. Therefore, there was no proper engagement with the PEC on this matter.
 
“The ANC leadership is the structure that decided on the party’s deployment of Mahumapelo as the Premier. We have instructed Mahumapelo to withdraw his resignation comments and any process thereof, until proper consultations have been exhausted. Only the ANC provincial leadership working with the national leadership can recall a deployee or advise them to resign voluntarily once it is satisfied with all the facts presented and that there has been transgression on the deployee’s part,” Dantjie said. 
 
Following allegations by a group of businesspeople and ANC members calling itself the Revolutionary Council, Bokone Bophirima experienced a wave of violent protests that left behind a trail of destruction and loss of life. These protests also saw people looting shops and leaving foreign shopkeepers homeless and without anything to their name. 
 
Clinics and hospitals could not render services as members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [Nehawu] prohibited nurses and doctors from accessing their places of work. This forced Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Nqakula, to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medical team after the health department’s request to assist as more patients continued to suffer.
 
President Cyril Ramaphosa then appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee led by Minister in the Presidency in Monitoring, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to investigate widespread allegations and find solutions to the province’s service delivery challenges, especially in the health sector. 
 
On Thursday Cabinet said it was satisfied with the progress made by the inter-ministerial task team in Bokone Bophirima. 
"Cabinet was presented with the report by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on North West. The report provided the preliminary work that has been done in the last two weeks.cCabinet was satisfied with the progress made by the IMTT in its efforts to stabilise the province,” said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane during her media briefing on behalf of Cabinet. 
Dantjie said the team is currently busy with its work and needs to b given space to do that. 
 
“Until this IMC has reported back and its report has been exhausted within the movement, there is no reason for the Premier to step down. The ANC PEC will continue with its consultations with the National Executive Committee (NEC) and all relevant stakeholders on this matter.
 
“We have extensively reflected on the matter on all issues and resolved that Mahumapelo must take leave from office as the Premier. The PEC also mandated the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) to meet with the National Officials to have further consultation on the matter. It is therefore, appropriate for the PEC after its meeting to retract a statement issued on Tuesday night on welcoming Mahumapelo’s decision to exit his deployment position,” she said.
 
Dantjie said the PEC regrets the inconvenience caused by that statement, which should have ideally waited until the PEC had met.