ANC task team pre­pares

ANC pulls out the big guns in prepa­ra­tion for EFF mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in NW Premier Supra Mahumapelo

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SI­FISO MAHLANGU

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.

PIC­TURE: BONGIWE MCHUNU

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.

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