Story by: Motsieng Mooketsi
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North West: After weeks of mounting pressure for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign from his resposibilities as the premier of the North West, the inevitable has transpired. and a question that comes into everyone’s mind is “Who will replace him?” The country is heading to the national elections in a few months time and the ANC seems to have its hands full in trying to resolve its internal and governance issues.
Mahumapelo’s resignation comes after The Economic Freedom Fighters tabled a motion of no confidence against him on march after he was accused of fraud, corruption and maladministration.
Things got worse when it was revealed after the hawks raided and seized documents from his office that a Gupta linked company Mediosa received millions in upfront payment for a mobile clinic, a company called Nepo Data Dynamics also received a multi-million dodgy contract, but it was when Denel apparently awarded Mahumapelo’s son 1 million bursary to study in the field of aviation as a pilot that fueled anger and unrest.
This led to a break-out of violent protests across the North West Province. The protests then turned into criminality and distruction when shops were looted and property vandalized leading to hundreds arrested across the province.
Things worsened when the Health Department and Treasury were both put under administration by the national government amidst the mismanagement of funds by the office of the premier.
When it was announced that Mahumapelo was going to table a budget speech at the North West Legislature on Tuesday the news sent tongues wagging in the political arena of the province, this did not only shock many but it attracted the attention of those who had wished to see Mahumapelo sacked.
As he addressed the legislature on Tuesday morning, Mahumapelo made insinuating statements that gave away that he indeed was reading a goodbye speech to a place that he once took oath that he will lead with honesty and integrity.
His resignation came a few hours after he had announced that he will write a letter to the speaker of the Provincial Legislature Sussan Dantjie on friday.