- The ANC sent a warning to axed North West premier Supra Mahumapelo not to disrupt the party
- This comes after Mahumapelo challenged the ANC's disbanding of his provincial task team in court
- The task team is meant to find a candidate for the premiership, but it is reportedly plagued by factionalism
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The ANC has sent a warning to former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Fikile Mbalula called Mahumapelo a "disruptive element" and, while he said that the party has not charged anyone, it would keep a close eye on Mahumapelo.
This came as part of the ANC's announcement that it would take a firmer stance against any so-called "rogue elements" in the party that might undermine unity.
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Mahumapelo was fired last year and his leadership team was dissolved. However, Mahumapelo took the issue to the high court this week where he argued that the disbanding of his leadership team was unlawful.
This follows extensive factionalism within the task team, with at least five different groups emerging within in, according to News24.
Each of these factions has been pushing for one of its candidates to succeed Mahumapelo.
The team is expected to present ANC leadership with a final list of three names to possibly run for the position of premier.
It appears that some members of the ANC's national executive committee have taken a dim view of the task team, with some calling for a complete overhaul of the ANC's provincial structures.
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This is the latest in the ANC's efforts to project a united front going into the upcoming elections. The party has been plagued by infighting at both provincial and national levels, with allegations surfacing that there is a strong anti-Ramaphosa faction in the party as well.
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