JOHANNESBURG: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has on weekend called on North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down as premier of the province following protests by residents demanding service delivery.
“We reiterate our call for Supra Mahumapelo to step down as Premier of North West, Mahumapelo has not only failed to drive the state machinery to deliver services, he has been part of crippling corruption,” said the EFF in a statement.
In addition the party has called on the Public Protector to investigate former President Jacob Zuma and Mahumapelo on the allegations that Mahumapelo gave Zuma a herd of cattle worth R1.5-million as a gift and paid for it using public funds.
The EFF said it has already written a letter to the Public Protector to that effect.
“Both Mahumapelo and Zuma must be investigated and if found guilty they must not only pay back the money, they must be criminally held liable for abuse of state funds,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
“This time, the Public Protector must not only recover public funds wrongly used for the private benefit of Zuma but must charge relevant law enforcement agencies to prosecute Zuma and Mahumapelo for stealing state cattle,” the EFF added.
Allegations were that the cattle were paid for using public funds and were meant to have gone to emerging farmers in the province.
According to the Sunday Times‚ the cattle were delivered to Nkandla and signed for by Zuma himself in October 2016.
The Hawks are investigating the matter.