Supra’s in­ten­tion ‘is to hurt’ ANC

EFF CHAIR ‘DE­FENDS ZUMA’S FAC­TION’ A weaker party un­der Ramaphosa would al­low a cri­sis to be de­clared – an­a­lyst.

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Simnikiwe Hlat­sha­neni simniki­weh@cit­i­

Supra Mahumapelo’s “dis­hon­est” bid to have the ANC’s de­ci­sion to dis­band North West’s pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) will cost the ANC in next year’s elec­tions, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst says.

But that seems to be the ex­act in­ten­tion of Mahumapelo and the re­main­ing fac­tion of the ANC aligned to for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, said Ralph Mathekga, a se­nior re­searcher at the Cen­tre for Hu­man­i­ties Re­search.

Mathekga, who at­tended the ANC’s De­cem­ber 2017 Nas­rec con­fer­ence, ques­tioned Mahumapelo’s mo­tives for fight­ing the ANC’s dis­band­ment of the PEC.

“They want to deny [Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa] and the rest of the [cur­rent] lead­er­ship the ca­pa­bil­ity of cam­paign­ing with the North West as well as other ar­eas, be­cause we must not be naive, Supra has a lot of sup­port, even out­side the North West,” he said.

“And it means that in­stead of the party fo­cus­ing on keep­ing the elec­tion ma­chin­ery go­ing, they are fo­cus­ing on those who feel dis­grun­tled and that can only lead to the poor per­for­mance of the ANC.”

This would, in turn, ben­e­fit the fac­tion that wanted Ramaphosa to fail be­cause a weaker ANC un­der him would al­low a cri­sis to be de­clared in the party, mak­ing an ex­change of power a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity.

“[The fac­tion] is even wil­ing to drive the party to harm so that they can get it back,” he said.

Mahumapelo lost his North West chair­man­ship when the PEC was dis­banded in Au­gust. This was af­ter ANC claimed branches were dys­func­tional amid a lead­er­ship cri­sis af­ter the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence.

In pa­pers filed in the High Court in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day, Mahumapelo’s le­gal team, led by ad­vo­cate Dali Mpofu, ar­gued that if the North West branches were dys­func­tional since 2016, as the ANC claims, then the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence was il­le­gal.

But then again, the weak­en­ing of the ANC to­wards the 2019 elec­tion could also ex­plain the con­tin­ued pres­ence of EFF chair­per­son Mpofu in cases de­fend­ing com­po­nents of the so-called Zuma fac­tion, in­clud­ing for­mer South African Rev­enue Ser­vice com­mis­soner Tom Moy­ane, and now Mahumapelo, sug­gested Mathekga. –

in turn, ben­e­fit the anti-Cyril fac­tion.

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