ANC task team prepares
ANC pulls out the big guns in preparation for EFF motion of no confidence in NW Premier Supra Mahumapelo
THE ANC in the North West says it is prepared for the fight the EFF is pursuing against provincial Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
This follows the EFF saying it was heading to court to apply for an urgent interdict to force the speaker of the North West legislature to allow a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
The motion is to be today. The ANC has 33 seats in the legislature and the opposition, the EFF has five. It would take some lobbying for the motion to favour the EFF but the ANC says it is “not troubled”.
ANC Youth League (ANCYL) national spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize told The New Age yesterday that the ANC must make its own decision on who to deploy. “That is a decision that shouldn’t have been delegated to anyone other than the ANC. There is a lesson to learn from the attempted vote of no confidence that was held against former president Jacob Zuma – once the movement entertains a discussion on a vote of no confidence against its leader then it opens the door for such things”
Last week, ANCYL president Collen Maine told listeners at a memorial for fallen struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela that he (Maine) was introduced to the Gupta family by Supra Mahumapelo. Maine was “called to order” by the league’s leadership. Youth league leaders held a meeting at Luthuli House on Friday to discuss Maine’s comments.
The league said Maine’s sudden “confession” was an attempt to “suck up” to the newly-elected ANC leadership.
The Hawks raided the office of the North West director-general’s office last month, looking for documents related to the multimillion-rand IT contract with Nepo Data Dynamics, which was tasked with aligning all government IT systems in the province.
Last week, the ANC convened a special provincial working committee meeting with NEC deployees, where it said the EFF motion must be defeated.
It seems an ANC task team will be heading to the North West tomorrow.
The unnamed team will be engaging the ANC leadership in the province that if a date is given for the motion to be heard then the ANC will be ready to vote.
Late yesterday speculation was rife that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule would be descending on the North West to “prepare” for the vote of no confidence hearing.
Yesterday, trade union Solidarity said it wouldn’t hesitate to take action against any state-owned enterprise for squandering taxpayers money.
This followed reports that Denel paid a bursary of more than R1m to the son of Mahumapelo to help with his studies in becoming a pilot.
However, Denel poured cold water on the allegations, saying the bursary was ordinary and would contribute to the transformation of the aviation industry.
BATTLE READY: The EFF says it is applying for an urgent interdict to force the speaker of the North West legislature to allow a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against Premier Supra Mahumapelo.