Wendy Nelson appointed acting NW premier as Supra takes leave of absence

Wendy Nelson appointed acting NW premier as Supra takes leave of absence

- The North West ANC PEC has made it clear that Supra Mahumapelo has not resigned and is simply taking a leave of absence

- North West Finance MEC Wendy Nelson has already been sworn in as the acting premier of the province

- In March, the North West health and social development portfolio committee laid corruption charges against Mahumapelo and Nelson

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The African National Congress (ANC) North West provincial executive committee (PEC) has made it clear that embattled premier Supra Mahumapelo has not quit or resigned and is simply taking a leave of absence. Fraud accused North West provincial Finance MEC Wendy Nelson has been sworn as the acting premier of the province.

On Wednesday night, a provincial spokesperson confirmed Nelson would act as premier while Mahumapelo was away. Mahumapelo’s spokesperson Brian Setswambung confirmed the news and said he believed Mahumapelo wouldn’t be away for long.

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In March, the North West health and social development portfolio committee laid corruption charges against Mahumapelo and Nelson and other health department officials. The charges relate to a R160 million transaction with a Gupta-linked medical service provider.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mahumapelo’s dramatic U-turn on his resignation is unlikely to go down well with the ANC’s national leadership who are almost sure to act against the leadership of Mahumapelo.

On Tuesday evening, the ANC in North West released a statement in which it accepted Mahumapelo’s resignation with gratitude. This came after he handed his resignation letter to North West provincial Speaker Suzan Dantjie.

Mahumapelo was due to officially announce his resignation by midday on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Mahumapelo said the PEC had advised him not to resign and he said the ANC would have to force him out of office.

According to political analyst Theo Venter: "The [ANC] provincial executive has no say. What makes this more of a joke is that three of the regions are interim structures ... he appointed them, he chairs the meeting."

In the latest of a series of violent protests in the North West province, a group of Mahumapelo’s supporters stormed the venue where the PEC was meeting. Mahumapelo addressed the crowd and said he would be heading to court.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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