- A group of disgruntled ANC members has issued an ultimatum to President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo within 24 hours
- The Revolutionary Council has given Ramaphosa 24 hours to respond or face a total shutdown in the already troubled North West province
- The group slammed Ramaphosa’s lack of urgency in dealing with Mahumapelo
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been given an ultimatum by a disgruntled group of ANC members. The Revolutionary Council has called on Ramaphosa to fire North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo or face a total shutdown in the already troubled North West province.
The Revolutionary Council slammed Ramaphosa’s lack of urgency in dealing with Mahumapelo and to bring the crisis in the province to a swift end. The violence which has engulfed the province has already led to the death of a 16-year-old schoolboy.
"If you are a responsive government at national level, you have to know that we cannot have another Marikana. Mahumapelo must be given an opportunity to resign or be recalled as soon as yesterday. It's already too late, but we want him to do it latest by Wednesday," the council's leader Thato Magogodi said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Magogodi said if Ramaphosa did not act on their ultimatum the group would call on the people of North West back to the streets to escalate the civil disobedience campaign and to shut down the province.
Magogodi added the council would not call for buildings to be burned or businesses to be looted during these demonstrations.
Ramaphosa returned to South Africa early from his trip to the UK to deal with the crisis in the province. He called for calm in the province while the ANC’s leadership structures consulted on the matter in order to make a rational decision.
On Tuesday, Magogodi said while the council welcomed Ramaphosa’s initial response to the crisis, it felt that by now he had enough time to deal with the ongoing crisis.
Magogodi said the ANC Veteran's League had already presented Ramaphosa, the party's top six and the national executive committee (NEC) with a report on the collapse of governance, widespread corruption and a breakdown of party structures long before the violence erupted.
He said Ramaphosa was out of touch with the pulse of the people of the province and was moving with the speed of a tortoise. Magogodi added that the president should have had more than enough time and information to make an informed decision.
The ANC said any decision to recall Mahumapelo would have to be taken by the NEC at its next scheduled meeting. The Revolutionary Council insisted, however, that ultimately the decision lay with Ramaphosa.
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