- The former premier of the North West is facing the potential end to his political career this weekend
- The NEC are set to meet this weekend to decide his fate and appoint a new premier
- Some within the ANC believe that this is a purge of ANC members who campaigned against Ramaphosa becoming president of the ANC
Supra Mahumapelo's political future will be decided this weekend when the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) meets. It is believed that opponents of the former premier of the North West will use this opportunity to oust Mahumapelo.
On Tuesday Mahumapelo announced his early retirement and resigned as premier of the North West. His resignation has been perceived as a last-ditch effort to save his political career ahead of this weekends meeting.
Briefly.co.za learned that some NEC members have voiced their concerns that if the ANC has any chance of winning the 2019 general elections the provincial executive committee of the North West must be disbanded according to news24.com.
Mahumapelo has been accused of marginalizing party members who did not agree with him.
"We previously [said] he will resign as premier, but he put up a fight. But at the end, he is gone. I am telling you the North West PEC is finished, just wait and see," an NEC member who did not want to be named said.
ANC officials who called for Mahumapelo to stay in office have been chastised for supporting calls for Mahumapelo to stay in office.
Since his resignation, Mahumapelo's special leave has been set aside. The NEC will also decide on who replaces him as premier, previously Mahumapelo had appointed Wendy Nelson as the acting premier of the North West.
Supporters of Mahumapelo believe that this is a bid to purge the province of ANC members who do not support President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mahumapelo was part of what was called the "premier league" who campaigned against Ramaphosa in favour of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during the ANC elections last year in December.
"There has been stability in the North West, now suddenly things are popping up and there are disruptions, those are signs of purging," the ANC Youth League's secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said.
"The December elective conference is over, people must move on. Some of us are being crucified for not supporting the current president's bid for the presidency. We are being made to feel uncomfortable in our organisation," Nzuza said
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