'Mahumapelo being squeezed out'

Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has written to the North West executive informing them of national governments decision to place the province under administration.

President Cyril Ramaphosa used Section 100 of the Constitution to make that decision after weeks of political uncertainty and protests against Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

READ: Political Desk: Govt intends putting North West under administration

Section 100 of the Constitution empowers the national executive to intervene when a province cannot or does not fulfill an executive obligation in terms of the Constitution or legislation. The national executive may intervene by taking any appropriate steps to ensure fulfillment of that obligation.

Mahumapelo placed himself on special leave last week after meeting with the African National Congress (ANC) provincial executive in the North West.

Speaking to Thembekile Mrototo on The Midday Report, EWN Reporter Qaanitah Hunter said the Minister in the Presidency is today finalising the details of what that intervention will mean.

Also read: 'Supra alluded that he's been asked to step down and will do so'

We know that Section 100 is invoked there, some sort of technical process that has to be followed because effectively MECs and the premier will no longer be in charge of the North West government as well as their HODs will not have that authority in the different provincial departments.

Qaanitah Hunter, EWN Reporter

Mrototo also spoke to political analyst Daniel Silke who said this is the kind of issue that has been bubbling up in the North West for some time.

I think what President Ramaphosa is doing is simply putting an extreme squeeze on Mr Mahumapelo, the squeeze is now coming from all sides in terms of this takeover of the broader management of the province. And in fact, the squeeze is not only on Mr Mahumapelo, but also on those loyal to him.

Daniel Silke, Political analyst and Director at Political Futures Consultancy

Listen below to Qaanitah Hunter's interview:

Also listen to Daniel Silke analysis below:


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