EFF leader Julius Malema slams ANC on vote to oust North West Premier and provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo.
EFF leader Julius Malema has berated the ANC faction opposed to embattled North West Premier and provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo for not openly backing the motion of no confidence initiated by his party against him.

Malema was speaking in Coligny in the province on Wednesday where the EFF was hosting a Thank You rally to Ward 15 of Ditsobotla Municipality where the red berets won the ward seat after by-elections last week.

The municipality, like most in the troubled North West, is under the control of the ANC, as was the ward which the EFF now controls.

Violent protests and looting sprees erupted in the province last month as various communities took to the streets to back calls made by the SACP, Cosatu and some within the ANC for Mahumapelo to step down or be removed, following a string of corruption allegations.

Yesterday, Malema accused the ANC-aligned opponents of Mahumapelo of hypocrisy by violently protesting while they didn’t back the EFF’s campaign to hold a secret motion of no confidence against him.

“We gave the people of the communist party a peaceful alternative to removing Supra. We said let us remove him via a vote of no confidence but they rejected it because they wanted to kill our people.

“If this war against Supra was genuine, they would have agreed to use the motion of no confidence that the EFF had proposed,” Malema said.

The North West is the only province in the country where the EFF is the official opposition.

The ANC national leadership has asked disgruntled party members in the province to give it time to look at the complaints levelled against Mahumapelo before it comes up with a solution on calls for his removal.

A final decision on Mahumapelo’s fate is set to be taken by the ANC’s national executive committee when it meets this month.

Malema vowed that the EFF would campaign to oust Mahumapelo, as it did with former president Jacob Zuma, as he was implicated in the misuse of public funds intended for healthcare, agriculture and other services.

The Mercury