Modise lined up to take over from Mahumapelo

North West boss will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep his party post

Sunday Times - - News Power Struggle - By MZI­LIKAZI wa AFRIKA mzi­[email protected]­day­times.co.za

● Thandi Modise, chair­woman of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces, is said to be the favourite to re­place Supra Mahumapelo as North West premier.

The Sun­day Times un­der­stands that Modise has been ap­proached to go back to her old job as the ANC tries to put out the fires in the North West.

But it has emerged that although Mahumapelo agreed in his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa on Thurs­day to re­sign as premier, he vowed to fight to stay chair­man of the ANC in the prov­ince.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule told the Sun­day Times that talk about Modise’s re­turn was a ru­mour.

Calls for Mahumapelo to step down come af­ter vi­o­lent protests in parts of the prov­ince where res­i­dents com­plained about the lack of ser­vice delivery and ram­pant cor­rup­tion in the premier’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The na­tional gov­ern­ment in­ter­vened by putting the pro­vin­cial health depart­ment un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ramaphosa is said to be push­ing for Mahumapelo to step down as ANC pro­vin­cial chair­man too and to dis­solve the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee

“Supra is go­ing to fight tooth and nail to re­main as pro­vin­cial chair­per­son be­cause with­out this po­si­tion he is naked and vul­ner­a­ble,” said a se­nior source with knowl­edge of the mat­ter.

Modise, a for­mer Umkhonto weSizwe op­er­a­tive, was North West premier from Novem­ber 2010 to May 2014 when she was re­placed by Mahumapelo.

Ramaphosa held se­cret talks with Mahumapelo on Thurs­day in Jo­han­nes­burg about the pres­i­dent’s in­ten­tion to axe him. Ramaphosa is ex­pected to ask the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at a spe­cial meet­ing this week to sup­port him.

Se­nior sources with knowl­edge of the meet­ing be­tween the two said Mahumapelo had im­pli­cated his de­trac­tors in the prov­ince in wrong­do­ing.

“Supra told the pres­i­dent that the peo­ple who are chant­ing that he must go be­cause he is cor­rupt are the cor­rupt ones and pre­sented damn­ing ev­i­dence to sup­port his claim,” one source said.

An­other source said that Mahumapelo at­trib­uted his trou­bles to an an­nounce­ment he made that he was in­sti­tut­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of all for­mer MECs in the prov­ince.

“Supra hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­gat­ing firm, which com­piled a dossier on 21 of the 28 mem­bers of par­lia­ment who are from North West, and he pre­sented it to the pres­i­dent on Thurs­day.

“When in­for­ma­tion of this probe was leaked to rel­e­vant par­ties sud­denly there were spon­sored up­ris­ings and protests in the prov­ince,” the source said.

Mahumapelo said yes­ter­day that he had agreed with Ramaphosa not to make any com­ment about their meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Ma­gashule con­firmed yes­ter­day that Mahumapelo and Ramaphosa had had a meet­ing but said he was not privy to their dis­cus­sions.

“We are wait­ing for the pres­i­dent to give us a full brief­ing about their dis­cus­sion on Mon­day.”

He told the Sun­day Times that the ANC na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee agreed that the na­tional gov­ern­ment should take con­trol of cer­tain de­part­ments in North West.

“The de­ci­sion to take over var­i­ous de­part­ments was taken for good gov­er­nance and also to bring sta­bil­ity to the prov­ince,” he said.

He said the ANC was in­ter­act­ing with var­i­ous branches and re­gions in the prov­ince to dis­cuss Mahumapelo’s fate.

“The struc­tures in the prov­ince must have a say about Supra’s fu­ture [be­cause] he is their elected leader.”

Struc­tures must have a say about Supra’s fu­ture [be­cause] he is their elected leader Ace Ma­gashule ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral

With­out this po­si­tion [chair­man of North West] he is naked and vul­ner­a­ble ANC in­sider On the pre­car­i­ous po­lit­i­cal fu­ture of Mahumapelo

Pic­ture: Tiro Ra­matl­hatse

Supra Mahumapelo at the height of his power two years ago. He has agreed to re­sign as North West premier, but is said to be fight­ing to stay on as ANC chair­man in the prov­ince.

Thandi Modise

Ace Ma­gashule

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