- The judge found in favour of the former North West premier
- The court ruled that Mahumapelo must return to his position as provincial chairperson
- Additionally, the North West provinicial executive committee must be reinstated and the interm task team nullified
The Gauteng high court has found in favour of axed North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and ruled that he must return to his position as provincial chairperson immediately.
This comes after the court ruled in favor of Mahumapelo's challenge of the disbanding of the North West provinical exeuctive committee. The judge found that the PEC's dismantling was unlawful.
The ruling declared that the PEC should be reinstated.
The PEC was disbanded by order of the ANC national exeuctive committee, and a temporary task team appointed to find a replacement candidate for North West premier. Now, however, it appears that Mahumpelo will be reclaiming his position as head of the committee.
This is the latest in a lengthy battle between Mahumeplo and the party's NEC. Previously, the ANC's head of elections Fikile Mbalula referred to Mahumapelo as a "rogue element" and accused him of trying to disrupt party unity by challenging the NEC's decisions.
Mahumapelo fired back, saying that he was disappointed in the ANC.
Aaron Motshwana, a fellow PEC member and one of Mahumpelo's associates in the case, argued that the ANC was not allowing the North West PEC the freedom to be autonomous.
He added that he and his associates believed they had no other way of resolving the issue other than by forcing the NEC to adhere to the court order.
The ANC, for its part, has accepted the order to dismantle the interim task team, but has said that it may challenge some parts of the ruling concerning the powers of the NEC, according to News24.
Mahumeplo was removed from his position as North West premier last year and his PEC disbanded after allegations of corruption in the province, as well as widespread violent protests concerning service delivery.
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