- President Cyril Ramaphosa met with North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Thursday to ask him to step down voluntarily
- The president is trying to save Mahumapelo from the embarrassment of being recalled
- The ANC’s national working committee resolved on Wednesday night to recall Mahumapelo
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Thursday afternoon to ask Mahumapelo to step down voluntarily or face the embarrassment of being recalled by the ANC.
This after the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) resolved on Wednesday night to recall Mahumapelo following weeks of violent protests in the North West province.
A senior member of the ANC and two members of the NWC confirmed the decision to recall Mahumapelo was taken on Wednesday night.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the NWC gave Ramaphosa the mandate to ask Mahumapelo to step down before the National Executive Committee (NEC) meets for a special meeting next week. The NEC has already endorsed the decision to recall Mahumapelo.
NWC members revealed that Ramaphosa had made it clear in his presentation that Mahumapelo had to step down. “Cyril said it was clear that this man must step down when he was summarising what was discussed in the meeting,” an NWC member said.
Some NWC members defended Mahumapelo and asked the committee to wait until the NEC’s special meeting next week to make a decision, but ultimately they were defeated.
The NWC’s decision was backed by former North West provincial secretary and NWC member Dakota Legoete. Ramaphosa reportedly used Legoete’s contribution to strengthen his call for Mahumapelo to step down.
ANC sources claim the decision to recall Mahumapelo was purely political and was not based on the corruption allegations made against the premier. The source said the ANC had not established any facts around the allegations as yet.
Some see the decision to recall Mahumapelo as part of Ramaphosa’s strategy to purge Zuma backers from the ANC.
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