- North West premier Supra Mahumapelo claimed on Saturday his office had learned of a plot to assassinate him
- On Monday, his spokesperson denied the embattled premier was lying about the plot
- Mahumapelo’s office opened a case of conspiracy to commit murder at the Mahikeng police station
On Monday, Supra Mahumapelo’s spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, denied reports that the embattled North West premier was lying about an alleged plot to assassinate him. Mahumapelo claimed on Saturday it had learned of a plot to kill the premier.
Mahumapelo’s office said it had been reliably informed that a hitman had been paid R250 000 in advance to kill the premier with a further payment due once Mahumapelo was dead.
The allegations come against the backdrop of weeks of civil unrest, protest action and threats against Mahumapelo in the North West. Violent protests erupted In Mahikeng recently with those taking part calling on Mahumapelo to resign.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Mahumapelo’s office took the threat seriously enough to open a case of conspiracy to commit murder at the Mahikeng police station. The office of the premier said this was not the first time Mahumapelo’s life had been threatened.
Political analyst Somadoda Fikini casts doubts on Mahumapelo’s assassination plot claim. Fikini said the timing was a bit odd and looked to coincide with Mahumapelo’s imminent removal from office.
“The political function of saying there is a plot is normally used to convey that because you have an ideology you are supposedly fighting for, they are plotting against you. Basically, you are giving yourself blanket immunity,” Fikeni said.
Setswambung said a previous attempt on Mahumapelo’s life had involved a Mahikeng councillor.
Mahumapelo has done a Jacob Zuma and refused calls from the ANC and a personal request by President Cyril Ramaphosa to resign from office. It is understood that Mahumapelo is desperate to cling to power or at the very least have someone sympathetic to his cause replace him.
The ANC is expected to make an official announcement regarding Mahumapelo’s future on Monday. This after a provincial task team led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma concluded its investigations into what has gone wrong in the province over the weekend.
Ramaphosa is also scheduled to report back to the national working committee on his meeting with Mahumapelo on Thursday.
Mahumapelo is accused of corruption and allowing maladministration to take root in almost all spheres of the provincial government. Residents in the province have grown weary of the almost zero rate of service delivery which has plagued the province for many years.
The Hawks are looking into the alleged to plot to assassinate Mahumapelo and his security detail has been appropriately beefed up.
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