- North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo says he will repay Denel for his son’s bursary if he ever needs to
- Mahumapelo has urged his detractors to leave his son out of their political battles
- The premier said he was not worried about the motion of no confidence against him because the opposition did not have the numbers to oust him
Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said he would repay Denel for the R1.1 million bursary the company awarded to his son if that decision was ever made. Mahumapelo said his detractors were using his son to target him.
The premier urged his political opponents to leave his son and family out of their political battles and instead face him directly. Mahumapelo said he was not afraid to face anyone and his quiet demeanour should not be mistaken for cowardice.
Mahumapelo said if the Denel board and Public Enterprises Minister ever made the decision that the bursary should be refunded he would talk to his family and repay what they feel is owed to the company.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mahumapelo said he was not worried about the EFF sponsored motion of no confidence against him because the opposition parties did not have the required numbers to oust him.
The motion was scheduled to be tabled on Tuesday, but was postponed after the EFF launched a legal bid to have voting in the motion take place by means of secret ballot. The EFF hopes this will convince ANC MPLs to vote against Mahumapelo.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Denel had awarded a R1.1 million bursary to Mahumapelo’s son to become a pilot. This despite the company struggling to pay suppliers and putting staff on short time to save money.
Mahumapelo denied he had anything to do with ensuring his son received the bursary. He said his son had applied for the bursary to become a pilot just like any other child would.
Unconfirmed reports claim Mahumapelo’s application was handed in after the October 2016 deadline, but he still received the bursary.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered the newly appointed Denel board to investigate the bursary saga.
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