By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule has confirmed that the ANC memberships of the former provincial chairperson and premier in the North West, Supra Mahumapelo and current acting provincial ANCWL’s secretary Bitsa Lenkopane remains intact.
Both leaders of the ANC in the North West province have appealed the five-year suspension handed by the North West Interim Provincial Committee.
“Your appeal has been referred to the NDCA. Your membership of the ANC remains intact,” writes African National Congress Secretary-General E.S Magashule.
This follows the decision by ANC Provincial Disciplinary Committee (PDC) to suspend both political leaders for being found guilty of misconduct. The ANC in the North West province is accusing Mahumapelo and Lenkopane of ‘convening parallel allies’ aimed at dividing the party in the province.
It has been reported that Mahumapelo is not impressed by the decision and felt as if he was targeted.
“Yes, he’s going to appeal. He is claiming that he is going to appeal but we don’t have anything written yet. He does feel like he’s been targeted,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Lenkopane has publicly indicated that she discovered the committee’s decision to suspend her through media.
Lenkopane confirmed that she has been getting various calls from members of the media, her political party, and other organisations like churches and NPOs to explain what is been confirmed by media.
“I respect the ANC constitution and its policies and have decided to appeal the matter to the higher structure, the ANC National Disciplinary Committee (NDC), and to allow all internal processes of the organisation to unfold as allocated in Rule 25.36,” said Lenkopane.
Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC)’s national committee is expected to look into lists of party members affected by its step aside resolution next week.
“We have communicated that. The NEC will only know through the NWC, when we meet, what has happened,” ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe.