- North West premier Supra Mahumapelo has made a dramatic and defiant reversal of his earlier decision to resign
- He was due to make the official announcement this morning but cancelled due to ‘overnight developments’
- Mahumapelo said the provincial ANC leadership directed him not to resign until after the provincial executive committee meeting concluded later on Wednesday
The embattled premier of the North West province, Supra Mahumapelo, has had a dramatic and defiant change of heart regarding his decision to resign. Mahumapelo was due to officially announce his resignation this morning but cancelled the media briefing due to overnight developments.
Mahumapelo said the provincial ANC leadership had directed him not to resign until after the provincial executive committee meeting (PEC) concluded on Wednesday.
Mahumapelo gave his resignation letter to North West provincial Speaker Susan Dantjie on Tuesday evening. Dantjie confirmed Mahumapelo’s resignation in a statement which was released in her capacity as acting provincial secretary of the ANC.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the PEC convened an emergency meeting to discuss Mahumapelo’s decision to resign, the body advised the premier not to officially resign until after it had concluded its meeting.
In a late night statement, the provincial ANC said it accepted Mahumapelo’s resignation and thanked him for his service to the people of the province.
News of Mahumapelo’s resignation was welcomed by political parties from across the political spectrum yesterday.
Earlier Mahumapelo said he would not be asking the ANC to redeploy him once he left office. He said the time had come for him to go home and get some rest.
“I will not be asking the ANC to redeploy me because a lot of people do that, they keep asking the ANC ‘so where am I going now?’. I will not be doing that because ANC does not owe me anything,” said Mahumapelo.
Mahumapelo indicated that he had no interest in who succeeded him as premier of the province.
Mahumapelo has come under pressure to resign after the national government had to intervene in the provincial departments of health and treasury. Healthcare in North West has collapsed while service delivery delays sparked violent protests and civil unrest across the province.
Briefly.co.za will bring you the latest on this developing story as and when news comes in.
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