The accusations that North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo faces are so grave that some ANC provincial leaders didn’t mind confessing to crimes (which may get them a 15-year jail time) to prove the extent of the premier’s corruption. The clock is ticking.
In ANC-spin this is code for: the party can no longer defend its provincial chairperson and premier and it can certainly not call on its members to rally behind a man who has been so crass about his corruption.
The party’s leaders do not have the luxury of time to politically engage Mahumapelo because there is a ticking time bomb of widespread protests, a shut-down health department that has been placed under administration, and a general go-slow from civil servants. 6
The ANC’s National Working Committee meeting that ended in the early hours of Thursday in Cape Town heard fiery arguments as to why they could not buy any more time.