NORTH WEST: Controversial former North West agriculture MEC has retained his salary despite being asked to resign from his seat in the legislature.
In a letter signed by acting Secretary of the ANC in the province Susan Dantjie, it confirms that Ndleleni Duma to resign as a member of provincial legislature and that his salary, through the Chief Whip, will be paid until the end of term.
The letter also confirms that his medical aid to be paid until 2019. This, according to the letter, has been the result of consultations between Duma and his family.
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Duma is not strange to controversy, while serving as MEC in the province he retained his job in the provincial executive reshuffle of then premier, Edna Molewa, despite allegations that he has not spent the department’s budget on struggling farmers. He was been moved to the portfolio of arts, culture and sports.
Molewa said – at the time – she had been monitoring and evaluating the performance of the executive to see if it was delivering on its mandate. She said she had also been monitoring the pace and quality of service delivery.
Molewa said the weakest link in the executive had been agriculture, since farmers had not been assisted as planned.
But Molewa said she did not doubt Duma’s ability. She said that since his drunken driving case was withdrawn last week, he deserved to be given a chance in another department.
Meanwhile, it is not clear why Duma has been asked to resign. Premier Supra Mahumapelo has been under fire as calls for him to resign mounts. On Monday, Speaker Susan Dantjie has postponed a motion of no confidence debate against the province’s premier Supra Mahumapelo.
The postponement was to allow for the unfolding of court processes, which the Economic Freedom Fighters – the party that tabled the motion – had lodged. On Monday the EFF approached the court on an urgent basis for an interdict to compel the speaker of the North West legislature to hold the no confidence vote by secret ballot.
Last month, the Hawks also raided Mahumapelo’s offices as part of an investigation into corruption.
The legislature has also laid a number of complaints with the Hawks. This includes complaints over a multimillion-rand Mediosa contract – a Gupta-linked company that said to have received a R30m advance from the North West health department, a day before it started operating its mobile clinic in the province.
Last week, ANC Youth League president Collen Maine accused Mahumapelo of introducing him to the Gupta family.
Some leaders in the North West have called for intervention from the ANC’s national executive committee.
The party’s deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said the NEC would visit the province on Wednesday.