Another one bites the dust – Goodbye Supra

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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.

 North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is as good as gone, with the ANC’s Top Six preparing to deliver the news to him in what is being packaged as a meeting “to discuss all available constructive options to resolve the ongoing impasse in the interest of the people of the North West province and the movement broadly”.

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.