Will Thandi Modise replace Supra Mahumapelo as NW Premier?

Will Thandi Modise replace Supra Mahumapelo as NW Premier?

- In a situation eerily similar to the unfolding of events leading to the resignation of Jacob Zuma, Supra Mahumapelo has reportedly agreed to resign, but wants to do so on his own terms

- Mahumapelo wants to keep his position as ANC chairperson in the province

- Former premier, Thandi Modise, is reportedly being touted as a possible replacement when he eventually does step down

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South Africans have been here before. Earlier this year the whole country was waiting for a resignation from a leader who had faced pressure to step down from all sides for over a year.

Briefly.co.za gathers from the latest media reports that embattled premier of the North West province, Supra Mahumapelo, has agreed to resign, but wants to do so in a way that would suit him best.

Former North West premier Thandi Modise seems to be widely thought as the best choice as a possible replacement for Mahumapelo.

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However, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has rubbished reports of Modise’s saying they are merely rumours.

Talks between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mahumapelo on Thursday are deadlocked as the premier clings to his desire to remain as the chairperson. Ramaphosa reportedly wants him to resign as ANC North West chairperson and to dissolve his provincial executive committee.

It is thought that Mahumapelo’s motivation in maintaining his position as provincial chairperson is due to his feelings that without the protection of the position he would be vulnerable to attack.

The province has seen violent protests for the past month by residents calling for the premier to step down after blaming his administration’s corruption for the lack of service delivery in the province.

Meanwhile, Twitter has recently reminded South Africans of the history of Modise, including her telling the hilarious story of of how she and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela both carried guns when they first went to parliament.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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