- With the 2019 general elections looming in the near future, Cyril Ramaphosa has his hands full with a chaotic ANC
- Supra Mahumapelo is proving to be his biggest challenge, with the former North West chairman determined to return to his former position
- Mahumapelo has rebuked the president's offers of a seat in Parliament, insistent that he return to lead his province
With February coming to a close this week the 2019 general elections are just around the corner. President Cyril Ramaphosa has his hands undoubtedly full with the African National Congress.
Former North West chairman, Supra Mahumapelo, is proving to be his biggest hurdle. Mahumapelo has been locked in a legal battle with his party, determined to be returned to the position he was fired from last year.
According to News24, Ramaphosa and his national leadership are struggling to satisfy Mahumapelo, who has reportedly rejected offers of a seat in Parliament and even an ambassadorship.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mahumapelo had enjoyed a high court ruling that he and his team should be reinstated. Ramaphosa, however, has yet to implement the ruling with reports claiming he feels he could bring stability to the province without the former chair.
The ANC revealed last week that they would not be appealing the ruling, but rather find a solution outside of court and the public eye:
“The NEC meeting last weekend was resolute that the party should avoid burdening the courts with political matters.”
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa made this revelation and mentioned that the end goal was unity within the party in place of the current infighting:
“The ANC leadership want a win-win solution for both parties. [Mahumapelo] has a court order and the task team has an NEC decision. We want an amicable solution that will help us to reconstitute a new task team to prepare for the elections.”
The ANC now appears to be locked in a stale-mate with the Presudent reluctant to allow the chair to return, but equally reluctant to let the North West be led into a revolt against him in favor of Mahumapelo.
Mahumapelo himself, has his own reasons for clinging onto his position, with an anonymous official close to the matter explaining:
“He knows that if he leaves the North West, that will be the end of him. He knows investigations into him will be reopened and he might end up in jail. That is why he is causing chaos in the province,”
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