19 September 2018


ANC needs more time to find new Premier

by:   Nthusang Lefafa   date: 01 June 2018

After a three-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the African National Congress (ANC) said it still requires more time to look for a new Premier to replace former Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo. 
The ANC NEC held its regular meeting at the St Georges Hotel and Conference Centre in Irene in Pretoria last weekend.
In a media briefing at Luthuli House, ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, said the party has not finalised a list of possible replacements for Mahumapelo. 
According to a resolution taken at the ANC’s 52nd National Conference, the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) should recommend names of not more than three cadres, in order of priority, who should be considered for the position of Premier. The NEC will then make a final decision on who to deploy. 
“We feel that we need more time to look at the names which have been submitted by the province. Various stakeholders and alliance partners will need to be consulted regarding this matter before a final decision is taken,” said Magashule. 
The ANC Secretary General dismissed rumours that had been doing rounds that the NEC had rejected a list of names that the PEC has submitted to the committee. 
“There is no truth in the fact that we as the ANC have rejected any names which were given to us by the ANC of Bokone Bophirima. The three names were presented to us. We did not adequately engage on that item because of time,” Magashule said.
"We have agreed that we want to satisfy ourselves, more so that when we come with a name we have taken everybody on board. We will resolve this matter as soon as possible”. 
MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development (FEED), Wendy Nelson, is currently Acting Premier of the province. 
Mahumapelo announced that he was taking an “early retirement” following sporadic, violent protests that took place in the province in April. He remains ANC Bokone Bophirima Provincial Chairperson. 
Previous Premiers of Bokone Bophirima include current Transnet Board Chairman Popo Molefe (1994 -2004), Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa (2004-2009), Maureen Modiselle (2009 - 2010) and National Council of Provinces chairman Thandi Modise (2010 -2014).