The SACP in the North West says it has not lodged a formal request for North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo to resign or be recalled.
Provincial Secretary for the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the North West, Madoda Sambatha, told Political Analysis South Africa on 16 April 2018 that the party is yet to write a formal request to the African National Congress’ (ANC) leadership to recall Mahumapelo from his position as Premier of the province.
“We are now going to give them a formal request. If that is ignored, we will then make an assessment, but what we see is that if it were to be ignored it is not possible for the Premier on his side to correct the rot that is in the province because he is simply not interested,” he said.
“We are going to mobilise society to stand up and have a mass mobilisation for that call to be supported from the ground.” he added.
Meanwhile, Mahumapelo faces a vote of no confidence against him on 17 April 2018. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)-sponsored motion against Mahumapelo comes after allegations of corruption were levelled against him and other senior member of his cabinet.
In order for the motion to pass, a majority of 17 votes is needed. The ANC has 23 seats in the provincial legislature while the opposition has a combined total of 10 seats.
The Sunday Times also reported on 15 April 2018 that ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Obed Bapela, has been deployed to the North West to try to persuade ANC MPL’s to vote in favour of Mahumapelo. This follows reports that some disgruntled ANC MPL’s vowed to vote with the opposition.