HOSPERSA blames Mahumapelo for health scandal in the North West

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa's National Council of Provinces (NCOP) said on a statement on Sunday that Ramaphosa had told his Cabinet that he had chose to invoke a constitutional clause allowing the central government to take control of North West.

Last month, President Ramaphosa placed both the provincial Health and Treasury departments under administration after violent protests erupted in the capital Mahikeng and other parts of the province.

On Friday, the we lodged a Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 (PAIA) application to the ensure we get access to the Inter-Ministerial Task Team's report on the state of affairs in North West. Mahumapelo stands charged of fraud over a Gupta-linked mobile medical clinic scandal, as does his MEC for Finance, Wendy Nelson, who the remaining NW Zuptoids wanted to replace him with as premier. This time the ANC NEC means business.

Supra Mahumapelo is launching a fight-back campaign in North West, after his province was taken over by national government, Daily Maverick reports.

The move may help President Cyril Ramaphosa to strengthen his grip over the ruling African National Congress after he won control of the still divided party in a tight election race in December.

Mahumapelo's supporters are now mobilising ANC structures in the platinum province in a bid to block calls for his ousting from within and outside the ANC-led alliance, which triggered violent protests last month.

This is the first time the national executive has taken over an entire province's administration.

South Africa's national government on Sunday took control of the country's troubled North West province.

Mahumapelo, a strong backer of former president Jacob Zuma, has been located at the heart of a string of corruption allegations and has been accused of using his position to facilitate looting for him and his inner political circle. He went on temporary leave on May 9 after backtracking on a statement that he would resign.

Another regional leader said only the ANC national executive committee could decide on whether Mahumapelo should vacate his post.