Ramaphosa Arrives In Mahikeng For Urgent Meeting With ANC Leaders

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MAHIKENG: According to ANC NEC member Obed Bapela, they are still waiting for Ramaphosa to arrive.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has just arrived to convene an urgent meeting with African National Congress (ANC) leaders in Mahikeng where protests against North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo have brought the town to a standstill.

Bapela has however also confirmed that Mahumapelo has already arrived, ahead of the meeting with Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa is locked in a meeting at heritage house in Mahikeng where the party’s provincial leaders and alliance partners are discussing the burning issue of the premier’s future. According to reports, all members meant to be present at the meeting are already there, including Mahumapelo himself.

Violent protests and the destruction of property continues in that province as residents demand the premier’s resignation. Mahumapelo is facing the heat from all corners.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered the state arms company to investigate the R1 million bursary Denel issued to the North West Premier’s son.

His links with the Gupta family are also coming back to haunt him after African National Congress Youth League president Collin Maine claimed he was introduced to the controversial family by the premier.

His office was also recently raided by the Hawks, who are investigating the awarding of a multimillion-rand tender to Nepo Data Dynamics without following tender procedures.

Opposition parties are also pushing for a motion of no confidence in him.