North West Speaker, Susan Dantjie, announced that she had postponed a vote of no confidence against Supra Mahumapelo, scheduled for 17 April 2018.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West has denied that it is in talks with the African National Congress (ANC) following the postponement of a vote of no confidence against Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) North West leader, Joe McGluwa said in a statement on 17 April 2018 that the withdrawal of the vote no confidence in Mahumapelo by the EFF is suspicious.
“The sudden withdrawal of the motion by the EFF is only heightening our suspicious that the ANC and EFF negotiations are the main reason for this decision. The EFF was aware of the MONC [motion of no confidence] for a long time and suddenly, on the same day the media reports on “high-level negotiations” between the ANC and EFF, the MONC is currently postponed,” he said.
Thabo Sehloho, who is an EFF Member of the North West Legislature, denied McGluwa’s claims in an sms to Political Analysis South Africa on 17 April 2018, by simply saying “No that is not true.”
The DA says that it will write to the speaker to demand an explanation for the reasons behind the postponement.
“The Democratic Alliance in the North West will write a letter to Speaker Susan Dantjie, demanding reasons and full disclosure on why the Motion of No Confidence, scheduled for this morning, was postponed late last night,” McGluwa said.
Meanwhile, the EFF says that it will allow the court process to conclude after it filed an urgent application to have the decision by Dantjie to hold the no confidence vote by secret ballot, overturned.
The EFF tabled the motion against Mahumapelo after he was accused of being involved in corrupt activities including the awarding of a R1million bursary to his son by state arms company, Denel.