South African ruling party’s provincial leader forced to resign


The African National Congress (ANC) North West premier Supra Mahumapelo on Wednesday announced his resignation from his post after being under pressure to do so for some months.

Mahumapelo said this in Johannesburg on Wednesday while briefing the media. Mahumapelo is accused of corruption and maladministration. He said since he is being investigated he does not want to be accused of using his office to frustrate the probe.

“I embark on early retirement from the position of premier in the province. I hope that we will intensify the fight against greed crime and corruption… I would not want to be seen to be abusing public office to protect myself or for self defense to allow necessary processed to carry on unhindered,” said Mahumapelo while addressing the media.

In the budget vote speech in Parliament last week the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize said North West municipalities are performing badly. He said 20 out of 22 municipalities in North West had deteriorating audit performance in terms of the audit outcomes of the 2016/17 financial year, 12 out of 22 North West municipalities are in serious financial distress.

The North West province has been placed under administration with President Cyril Ramaphosa establishing an inter-ministerial task team to investigate and bring about normalcy.
Mahumapelo remains the North West provincial chairperson. Enditem


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