- A North West council sitting meant to table a no-confidence motion against Premier Supra Mahumapelo, has been postponed
- The EFF has launched a legal challenge to the decision by the North West Speaker not to allow voting by means of secret ballot
- In a political twist, the North West EFF is counting on the support of the DA and FF+ in the province to oust Mahumapelo
A North West council sitting which was going to table a motion of no confidence against Premier Supra Mahumapelo, on Tuesday has been postponed due to pending legal action by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
The EFF has launched a legal challenge on the decision by North West Speaker, Susan Dantjie, not to allow voting on the motion to take place by means of a secret ballot. The EFF filed court papers on Monday afternoon.
The EFF said it had agreed, through various attorneys, to have the sitting postponed so the court process could run its course. The EFF’s Betty Diale said: “Our MPL should be allowed to vote in accordance with their conscience, by way of a secret vote.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that in what could turn out to be deeply ironic, the EFF will be counting on the support of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and possibly the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) to oust Mahumapelo.
Diale said it had been difficult to engage members of other parties and to convince them to support the stance taken by the EFF. She said the EFF was still engaging with the single member from of the FF+.
“We are trying to show him why he should vote with the motion. Surely, he's also complaining about the corruption in the province. He has the responsibility to do the right thing and vote with us,” Diale added.
The North West EFF hopes to entice ANC MPL’s to vote in favour of removing Mahumapelo by having the vote take by means of secret ballot.
The EFF tabled the motion against Mahumapelo due to the countless allegations of corruption against him, the latest of which is Denel awarding a R1.1 million bursary to his son.
“I must indicate to you, as you may be aware, that there have been so many scandals… Supra, he's implicated in so many scandals,” Diale said.
The EFF said Mahumapelo was the leader of the province and as such, he needed to take responsibility when provincial departments were found to be corrupt.
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