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Mahumapelo in hot water- resign or be recalled

The party’s Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) says it is waiting for the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

Mahumapelo was expected to appear before the IPC on Wednesday.

The former premier and the acting provincial ANC Women’s League Secretary, Bitsa Lekonpane, are accused of sowing division.

It added that the former North West Premier faces several charges related to “ill-discipline,” including organising a parallel campaign rally aimed at sowing divisions in the party.

Mahumapelo allegedly organised the rally with the ANC Women’s League provincial secretary Bitsa Lekonpane in Mareestsane in December last year.

It reportedly took place within metres of the party’s official Siyanqoba rally organised by the IPC.

Furthermore, Mahumapelo allegedly instructed JB Marks municipality’s executive mayor, Kgotso Khumalo, to defy an IPC directive to step aside from his position.

The Hawks arrested Khumalo and other suspects on October last year. They face charges linked to an undeclared R5 million belonging to the municipality which allegedly ended up in their private bank accounts.

According to the ANC’s 2017 national conference resolution and National Executive Committee (NEC) decisions, party members who face corruption and other serious charges must step aside from their positions.

Mahumapelo is among those in the ANC opposed to this policy. It is understood that he was scheduled to meet the IPC on Wednesday after failing to failing to appear before it in February.

If found guilty, Mahumapelo could be recalled from Parliament.

He resigned as Premier in 2018 following a period of street protests in the North West and pressure from the ANC.

In 2019, the party’s NEC also disbanded the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that he had led since 2011, sparking legal challenges from his supporters.

IPC Hlomani Chauke says unity cannot be restored within the party in the province if ill-discipline members aren’t dealt with.

Image (Supra Mahumapelo’s membership recalled).

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