- Supra Mahumapelo spoke out about his suspension and ANC membership during a church service
- Mahumapelo stated that his membership with the ruling party is still intact but believes he is a victim
- Mahumapelo requested that those who question his membership should take it up with ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule
Supra Mahumapelo, former ANC North West Chairperson and Premier, recently participated in a church service put together by the Pastors’ Forum in Lefatlheng Village, Moretele. This comes shortly after his suspension.
Mahumapelo's membership in the ANC remains intact while he is apparently appealing the ruling permitting him to complete a political mentorship programme spanning over three years under the monitoring and guidance of former ANC president Thabo Mbeki.
Interim Provincial Committee coordinator Hlomani Chauke says Secretary-General Ace Magashule does not possess the power from the NEC to terminate Mahumapelo’s suspension following the appeal and is intentionally misunderstanding the ANC constitution in order to protect Mahumapelo.
According to IOL, Mahumapelo stated that those who questioned his membership with the ruling party should raise their concerns with Magashule's office. Mahumapelo was quoted saying he is 'the victim here'.
Following reports made by SABC News, certain members of the MKMVA were also present at the Pastors’ Forum church service, which intended to address the triple-R (repositioning, rebranding and renewal) which was a route that was initiated by Mahumapelo.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Mahumapelo had been suspended from the ruling party for five years following the decision of the provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) of the ANC. Mahumapelo was suspended along with Bitsa Lekonpane, the acting provincial ANC Women's League secretary in the North West.
The two were accused of sowing disunity within the party after they held parallel rallies in the North West. They were found guilty on charges of misconduct. The rallies took place mere metres away from a rally organised by the North West's interim leadership in Mareetsane in December 2020.
Mahumapelo reportedly has to take part in a mentorship programme under former president Thabo Mbeki for three years. Lekonpane has to take part in a similar programme but this one would be under the tutelage of veteran ANC leader Barbara Masekela for five years.
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