The former chairperson of the interim provincial committee (IPC) of the African National Congress (ANC), Supra Mahumapelo, was suspended “with immediate effect” on 19 April.
ANC suspends Supra Mahumapelo
Membership temporarily suspended
As reported by Eyewitness News, the IPC issued a letter on Wednesday to inform Mahumapelo of an upcoming disciplinary process. The suspension will be determined by the outcome of the hearing.
However, IPC Coordinator, Hlomane Chauke explains that “Supra is one of those that we have temporarily suspended his membership due to ill-discipline”. Chauke adds:
“We have referred the matter to the disciplinary committee. So we don’t want to comment further; the fact is that he is charged and therefore the DC will then deal with that matter.”
Mahumapelo is accused of misconduct after he encouraged a member affected by the step-aside resolution not to step aside. Furthermore, he also ran parallel campaign events for by-elections.
Moreover, Chauke concluded by saying they suspended Mahumapelo’s membership; it is not “an issue about him, he is just an ordinary member and deployee of the ANC”.
The letter, dated 19 April, sets out three instances of misconduct, which forms the basis for the committee’s disciplinary proceedings. The first incident took place on 22 March 2021.
Mahumapelo addressed a gathering and advised JB Marks Local Municipality Mayor, Kgotso Khumalo not to resign. This after the IPC had requested Khumalo to resign amid fraud and corruption charges.
Furthermore, Mahumapelo was offered an opportunity to respond to the content of the letter, but “failed to respond to the accusation with the prescribed letter.
Mahumapelo’s misconduct charges
Thus, Mahumapelo will face misconduct charges pertaining to acting in breach of the ANC membership oath. He also brought the party into disrepute and behaved “in a manner which provokes or is likely to provoke division”.
Moreover, Mahumapelo undermined “the respect for, or impeding, the functioning of a structure or committee of the ANC”.
As reported by SABC News, the committee “will also be writing to the ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, to regulate Mahumapelo’s participation in the National Assembly”.