- Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou is eyeing a position at the helm of the ANC in the North West
- Khunou recently took on former premier Supra Mahumapelo over his public support for Jacob Zuma
- This comes as the former president faces his upcoming corruption trial in May
Rustenburg Mayor Mpho Khunou is vying for the position of ANC North West provincial chairperson.
The mayor attempted to further his bid to lead the province when he took on former premier Supra Mahumapelo by questioning his recent comments on Jacob Zuma.
News24 reports that Khunou had condemned 'threatening comments' made by Mahumapelo while welcoming the former president home last week:
“We are not happy, of course, that there was a warrant of arrest issued against the former president. We are not happy about that. But now, when Supra says that if you touch Zuma you touch us, what does that mean? Is he sending a message to the judges? Is he sending a message to the president? If he says that, who is he talking to and on whose behalf is he talking?”
City Press reported that Khunou questioned why Mahumapelo would 'elevate' Zuma as if President Cyril Ramaphosa hadn't stepped into the role.
Khunou insists that no-one, even a former president, is above the law as the provincial elective conference looms.
Mahumapelo had been axed from his position by the ANC after violent protests broke out over maladministration in the region.
While the warrant was a standard part of court procedure, it has riled those who support the former president.
Zuma is expected to present himself in court in May, failing which an official warrant of arrest may be issued against him.
Radical Economic Transformation supporters spoke to News24, revealing that a march would be held in his honour:
“On the 4th of May there must be a march to Luthuli House; from there we make our way to Maritzburg for a night vigil on the 5th and then come the 6th, we will be by his side. He wants to attend his trial, Lord willing his health allows of course."
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