26 May 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

ANC PEC to stop Mahumapelo’s resignation   

by: Obakeng Maje     date: 09 May 2018

It appears more and more possible that Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, will be forced to withdraw his resignation comments and any process that he may have started to step down from the position. 
 
The ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) is currently meeting at the Embassy Hall in Mahikeng and  while it’s yet to come out with a decision, PEC members that have spoken to the media have made it clear that they would reject the resignation. 
 
The ANC in the province on Tuesday night accepted “with a sense apprehension” Mahumapelo’s plans to leave the Premier position after he told some media houses that he would step down on Wednesday. By Wednesday morning, however, his planned mid-morning press conference was postponed indefinitely. 
 
ANC PEC member, Itumeleng Mosala, said Mahumapelo was supposed to delay his decision and wait for the outcome of the privincial leadership’s meeting before he could announce the resignation.
 
“We would not accept the resignation letter before we could get Mahumapelo’ side of the story. The PEC is the only authority that can accept or decline his call. Mahumapelo is the deployee of the ANC in the province and we must be informed about that decision.
 
“We believe that all allegations meted against Mahumapelo should be scientifically tested before we could judge him. We have a trend in the ANC where people are purged simply because they hold a different view. So, we are saying let the corruption, maladministration and fraud allegations be tested first and we will take drastic measures afterwards,” Mosala said. 
 
Meanwhile, Mahumapelo appears to have revoked his resignation letter. The beleaguered Premier was supposed to hold a media briefing at 10am on Wednesday, but this was postponed indefinitely after “new developments” arose, his office said.
 
Mahumapelo's supporters chanted outside the ANC PEC meeting venue and vowed not to vote for the ANC in the 2019 General Elections if he is removed as Premier.
 
ANC PEC member, Lerato Teme, said though she doesn’t want to get into finer details, the PEC would not accept Mahumapelo’s resignation letter until any wrongdoing has been proven on his part.    
 
A prominent ANC Youth League member in the province, Wessels Morweng, had this to say: “We believe in Mahumapelo’s leadership and we will not allow him to resign. It is wrong for leaders to be purged simply because they hold a different view. We will wait the PEC meeting outcome before we could plan our way forward.”