Supra ignores Ramaphosa’s resignation request and remains as NW premier

Supra ignores Ramaphosa’s resignation request and remains as NW premier

- Embattled North West premier Supra Mahumapelo is clinging to power more than 4 days after President Ramaphosa asked him to resign

- Ramaphosa is understood to have asked Mahumapelo to resign or face being recalled when they met on Thursday

- The North West ANC says it has not been informed by the national leadership of the decision to oust Mahumapelo

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The embattled premier of the North West province Supra Mahumapelo is desperately clinging to power more than four days after President Cyril Ramaphosa asked him to resign or face the humiliating prospect of being recalled.

Mahumapelo and Ramaphosa are understood to have met on Thursday. Ramaphosa urged Mahumapelo to resign rather than force the African National Congress (ANC) to execute a public and humiliating recall.

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The ANC’s top leadership concluded it would be in the best interest of the party if Mahumapelo stepped down or was removed from office. This comes after weeks of unrest and violent protests in the province. gathered that the ANC in North West said it had not yet been informed by the national leadership of the decision to axe Mahumapelo.

According to ANC sources, Mahumapelo remained defiant during meetings held with some senior ANC officials, which included Bheki Cele and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Speculation is growing that an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) could be held to officially ratify the ANC’s decision to axe Mahumapelo.

Mahumapelo is understood to be desperate to survive or at the very least be replaced by someone who he would consider an alley so as to not expose his wrongdoings.

Ramaphosa will report back to the national working committee later on Monday on what transpired when he met with Mahumapelo.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise, has been tipped by the Sunday Times to replace Mahumapelo, but no official confirmation or denial could be obtained from the ANC.

Residents in the North West have been urged to remain calm in the coming days, while the political drama unfolds.

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