The North West ANC Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) has maintained that the suspension of former provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo remains “in force and effect.”
Earlier this week, the party’s Provincial Disciplinary Committee (PDC) suspended Mahumapelo from the ANC for five years for allegedly sowing division.
Addressing his supporters on Thursday, Mahumapelo said he had already filed an appeal against the suspension, adding that his membership remains intact pending the appeal’s outcome.
ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule also wrote on Thursday to Mahumapelo confirming that his membership remains intact.
“Your appeal has been referred to the NDCA [National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals],” he wrote.
However, in a leaked letter to Magashule dated 30 April 2021, IPC Coordinator Hlomani Chauke said neither the IPC nor Provincial Disciplinary Committee had received Mahumapelo’s appeal.
Magashule ‘misinterpreted’ ANC constitution
Chauke accused Magashule of misinterpreting the ANC’s constitution because it is the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) that is mandated to consider appeals from PDCs, not the NDCA.
“Since the Secretary-General’s Office has ventured in the matters of this appeal, kindly furnish us with proof that the appeal was served together with appeal documents,” he added.
“As far as the provincial structure is concerned, there is no appeal pending with the NDCA and therefore, the decision of the PDC remains in force and effect.”
Chauke further said Magashule did not have the ANC National Executive Committee’s (NEC) authority to affirm Mahumapelo’s membership.
Magashule and Mahumapelo are widely perceived to be allies in the ANC’s factional battles. Both are thought to belong to the “radical economic transformation” grouping opposed to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Secretary-General is also under pressure to step aside from his position because he faces corruption charges linked to his previous term as Free State Premier. He is currently out on R200,000 bail.