The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima convened an urgent Special Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Wednesday at Embassy Hall in Mahikeng.
The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss a decision by ANC deployee,
Provincial Chairperson Cde SupraMahumapelo to announce in the media on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his position as Premier of the
province today (Wednesday).
The PEC deemed this matter urgent for the following reasons:
1. There is no structure of the organization that instructed the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, to resign.
2. Therefore, there was no proper engagement by the PEC on the matter, as the ANC leadership that decided on the party’s deployment of Cde Supra to the Premier position. The PEC has instructed Cde Supra to withdraw his
resignation comments and any process thereof, until proper consultations have been exhausted.
3. Only the ANC provincial leadership working with the national leadership
can recall a deployee or advise them to resign voluntarily once it’s satisfied with all the facts presented and that there has been wrongdoing
on the deployee’s part.
4. There’s an Inter-Ministerial Committee that is busy with processes to find a solution to the challenges that our province is facing. Until this
IMC has reported back and its report has been exhausted within the
movement, there is no reason for the Premier to step down.
The ANC PEC will continue consultations with the NEC and all relevant stakeholders on this matter. The PEC extensively reflected on the matter on all issues, and resolved that Cde Supra Mahumapelo must take leave from office as Premier of Bokone Bophirima, and must appoint an Acting Premier.
The PEC also mandated the Provincial Working Committee to meet with the
National Officials to have further consultation on the matter.
It is therefore appropriate for the PEC after its meeting to retract a
statement issued on Tuesday night on behalf of the PEC accepting Cde
Supra’s decision to exit his deployment position. We regret the
inconvenience caused by last night’s statement, which should have ideally
waited until the PEC had met, like it did today.
We also want to reiterate our support to the Provincial Chairperson, Cde
Supra Mahumapelo, to take legal action against the so-called Revolutionary
Council on all the allegations levelled against him. The PEC resolved
that disciplinary processes be implemented against ANC members who may
have flouted the party’s Constitution.
The PEC took a decision to organize a Provincial March of ANC structures
with civil society and non-governmental organizations to promote the
programme of Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal in order to return peace
and heal the province.