Mahumapelo fights on

ANC ac­cused of un­fair treat­ment of province’s lead­er­ship

Saturday Star - - NATION - Nokuthula Mbatha

FOR­MER ANC North West leader Supra Mahumapelo has warned that the bat­tle to over­turn the dis­band­ment of the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship is far from over.

The axed pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, who stepped down as North West’s Pre­mier early this year, yes­ter­day said that de­spite the South Gaut­eng High Court’s rul­ing that the ap­pli­ca­tion he and four oth­ers brought was “not ur­gent”, they had al­ready in­structed their lawyers to en­sure that it goes back on the court roll.

The group has, among other things, ac­cused the rul­ing party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) of met­ing out un­fair treat­ment against their province. They main­tain that when the top lead­er­ship took a de­ci­sion to dis­solve the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) four months ago, it failed to con­sider a num­ber of is­sues and in­stead “cut cor­ners in deal­ing with com­plex mat­ters”.

Shortly af­ter court had ad­journed, Mahumapelo said their tar­get was now the next na­tional gen­eral coun­cil – a plat­form he said they would use with­out “wink­ing”, to raise their qualms.

“It is not our own in­sis­tence that


we come here (to court), we were forced by cir­cum­stances. If the mat­ter is not sorted out now, the na­tional gen­eral coun­cil (NGC) will (sort it).

“Our hope is that the NGC will re­solve th­ese is­sues so the fu­ture NEC does not have to cut cor­ners when they deal with this.”

He lashed out at those who he said sought to set­tle scores post the Nas­rec con­fer­ence. He fur­ther raised dis­con­tent with the man­ner he said the NEC has been run­ning its af­fairs since De­cem­ber last year.

Mahumapelo used the op­por­tu­nity to lament the fact that un­like in other provinces, pro­vi­sions were not made by the top struc­ture to em­ploy a task team to their province, say­ing that it doesn’t work when the rules of the game are changed where the North West was con­cerned.

In its court sub­mis­sion, the ANC said there was no ba­sis for Mahumapelo to sub­mit the mat­ter as ur­gent, or for him to ap­ply as the fifth ap­pli­cant, but ad­vo­cate Dali Mpofu con­tended that his client had the right to choose his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, adding it ap­peared that the ANC sought to deny him (Mahumapelo) his right to le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

“If Mahumapelo has de­cided to as­so­ciate him­self with the ap­pli­cants there is noth­ing that the other side can do,” Mpofu said.

In also high­light­ing the ur­gency of the mat­ter, Mpofu told the court that the case was a se­ri­ous one that war­ranted ur­gent at­ten­tion as it dealt with “weighty is­sues of con­sti­tu­tional im­por­tance”, ones he said might end up at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

But his sub­mis­sions did not hold water as the high court struck the case off the roll. The con­tin­u­ous trend for pro­vin­cial par­ties to haul their mother body to court over struc­tural mat­ters is not new but is a grow­ing phe­nom­e­non. Last year, then sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Gwede Man­tashe said the jus­tice sys­tem would be there all the time and that in the event of court cases, the ANC would be read­ily avail­able to deal with them.

Na­tional spokesper­son Pule Mabe failed to re­spond to ques­tions on the ANC’S view about the North West PEC mat­ter.

Mean­while, out­side the high court, party mem­bers from the North West chanted songs while hold­ing plac­ards that called for the PEC struc­ture to be re­in­stated. HUN­DREDS of Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers of South Africa (Numsa) mem­bers marched to the De­part­ment of Pub­lic En­ter­prises of­fices yes­ter­day de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment save state-owned arms man­u­fac­turer Denel.

The union said it was dis­mayed that no fi­nan­cial bailout pack­age was al­lo­cated to Denel, putting at risk thou­sands of jobs.

Spokesper­son Phakamile Hlubi said the com­pany wanted to re­duce hours in the work­place and cut salaries by 20%. “We re­ject this be­cause it’s not work­ers fault that Denel finds it­self in this fi­nan­cial cri­sis. It’s be­cause of poor de­ci­sion mak­ing at the high­est level, it’s be­cause of al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and loot­ing at the high­est level.”

She said the union was de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment in­jects the needed funds. |


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African News Agency (ANA)

FOR­MER North West pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo and dis­grun­tled ANC mem­bers are chal­leng­ing the NEC de­ci­sion to dis­band the pro­vin­cialparty’s lead­er­ship. |

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