19 September 2018


Mahumapelo resigns as Bokone Bophirima Premier  

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 23 May 2018

Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from the position the governing African National Congress (ANC) deployed him to. 
Mahumapelo made this announcement in a televised press conference held at the ANC’s headquarters, Luthuli House in Johannesburg. 
He has been accused of maladministration, corruption and fraud in the past few months by his detractors, though none had presented evidence to support the allegations. These allegations were used to rally people behind a #SupraMustFall campaign, which eventually saw sporadic, but violent and destructive protests taking place in different areas of the province. 
Mahumapelo said stepping down was the best decision in the interest of the province. 
“If I continue to stay in the office and I’m also accused, and at the same time we’re dealing with all these 35 forensic investigations and other additional ones which are going to come, it will be very difficult to avoid the accusation that you are using the office in order for you to get at your political opponents or to defend yourself. So I then came to the decision that I think it will be better for one to go on early retirement,” he told journalists at the press conference. 
“One has arrived at a very conscious decision to say one must go on early retirement so that those two processes can go on without a hindrance,” Mahumapelo said. 
He is, however, staying on as ANC Provincial Chairperson of Bokone Bophirima. 
In his departing speech, Mahumapelo listed achievements of his Fifth Administration that started leading the province in mid-2014. The introduction of Youth Enterpreneurship Service (YES) that helped with skilling and securing jobs for young people of the province, access to clean drinking water by 89% of the province’s population, 92% access to electricity and the eradication of the bucket toilet system, among others. 
He also urged the next leadership of the province to continue with the fight against crime, greed and corruption that his administration had started. The incomplete government provided houses that government had paid contractors for, incomplete and poorly built roads, the shares that the provincial government held in Sun City Resort that has since just disappeared and the monies that vanished from the D-Account, in which mining companies deposit royalties for the communities whose land is being mined, are among the many that he mentioned should be followed up. 
“As one embarks on early retirement from the position of the Premier, it is my hope that all these issues that were raised in the SOPA and centred around greed, crime and corruption will be attended to,” he said.