North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo will never resign, his supporters said on Tuesday.
“Premier Mahumapelo will not resign, he is the chairperson of the [African National Congress] ANC in [the] North West and the premier of this province deployed by the ANC. The North West Business Forum cannot dictate to the ANC what to do,” said Lesego Racoco, SA Students Congress, regional secretary in Ngaka Modiri Molema.
He was speaking to about 500 ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members who braved the scotching sun to march to the North West legislature to hand over a memorandum in support of the provincial government initiative programme aimed at developing villages, townships and small dorpies.
The march was also to show solidarity to Mahumapelo, who the North West Business Forum (NWBF) wanted him to resigned on the basis of alleged corruption.
The ANCYL members bused in as far as Madibeng, in Brits, chanted as they marched through the 3km stretch, and some blew vuvuzelas to show support for the premier.
The NWBF also had planned to march to the provincial government to eject Mahumapelo from office after he failed to resign before February 14 as the business forum hand demanded.
Chairperson of the SA National Civic Organisation in Ngaka Modiri Molema region Khumalo Molefe said Mahumapelo was deployed by the ANC to be the premier in North West.
“For now ANC is the leader, the ANC is in government and deployed premier SOR [Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi] Mahumapelo. The premier is not going to resign. It will not happen,” he said to the cheer of the crowd.
The ANC in Ngaka Modiri Molema said it would not allow anarchy go by.
“We cannot allow anarchy in our eyes. When you overthrow government you belittle the voters. Those who want the premier to resign did not participate in the recent municipal election,” said convener Hendrick Botha.
The march dispersed peacefully. The NWBF did not continue with their march stating safety reasons.
General secretary Sello Mogodiri said the forum still maintained that Mahumapelo must resign but could not march to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.
He said the business forum would continue with its peaceful demonstration until the premier resigns.
– African News Agency