Proudly sponsored by

Mahumapelo to quit as premier of North West

His exit strengthens Ramaphosa’s control over ANC.
Supra Mahumapelo, outgoing premier of South Africa’s North West province. Picture: Reuters

Supra Mahumapelo said he will quit as premier of South Africa’s North West province following a spate of violent protests by community members demanding his resignation and access to government services.

Mahumapelo opposed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to win control of the ruling African National Congress at a elective conference in December. His exit will help Ramaphosa strengthen his control over the party, which he narrowly won control of. Disgruntlement with Mahumapelo’s leadership has been mounting over his handling of a graft scandal and the sidelining of his ANC rivals in the North West.

Speculation that Mahumapelo was on the verge of resigning has mounted over recent days after several senior ANC leaders said they were discussing whether to remove him from his post. He confirmed his resignation in an interview with the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corp. He didn’t provide reasons for his decision saying a press conference will be held on Wednesday.

South Africa’s special police unit known as the Hawks said it raided Mahumapelo’s offices last month in connection with alleged maladministration, fraud and corruption amounting to about R160 million ($13 million).

Mahumapelo was a close ally of Jacob Zuma, who Ramaphosa replaced as the nation’s president in February, two months after winning control of the party.

© 2018 Bloomberg

VIDEOS

COMMENTS   2

Sort by:
  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Top voted

You must be signed in and an Insider Gold subscriber to comment.

SUBSCRIBE NOW SIGN IN

About time he left. Hopefully the incumbent (Ms. Modsie) will be job creation driven.

LOL

“The Black Jesus”

This guy will still be influential within the ANC structures and even in government… watch this space! We can celebrate him stepping down as a premier but he is here to stay

*DropsTheMic*

End of comments.

LATEST CURRENCIES  

USD / ZAR
GBP / ZAR
EUR / ZAR
BTC / USD

Podcasts

INSIDER SUBSCRIPTION APP VIDEOS RADIO / LISTEN LIVE SHOP OFFERS WEBINARS NEWSLETTERS TRENDING

Follow us:

Search Articles:
Click a Company: