Fraud-accused Wendy Nelson appointed acting North West Premier

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is seen addressing parents at Ema Primary School in Winterveldt, Pretoria, on 26 September 2014. It follows the death of three children at the school.

  • Editor&39;s note: This is a developing story and is updated as more information becomes available. 

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC provincial executive council (PEC) in North West has made it clear that its embattled leader, Supra Mahumapelo, is not quitting, simply taking a leave of absence. 

On Wednesday night, a provincial media officer confirmed that the North West Finance MEC, Wendy Nelson, is to act as premier in his absence.

According to the Premier&39;s spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, Nelson has already been sworn in and it is believed Mahumapelo won&39;t be on leave for a long time. 

In March, the North West health and social development portfolio committee laid corruption charges against  Mahumapelo and Nelson, among others, in the wake of investigations into suspected R160-million fraud, corruption, and maladministration relating to a Gupta-linked medical service provider.

READ: NW health portfolio committee lays charges against premier

 

On Tuesday, the ANC in North West had released a statement welcoming Mahumapelo&39;s exit. He had said he would resign by midday on Wednesday

But on Wednesday, he said the ANC would have to ask him to leave. 

WATCH: I await PEC to ask me to resign, says Supra Mahumapelo

 

At a press conference later, the party&39;s PEC said it had instructed Mahumapelo to withdraw his resignation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahumapelo&39;s about-turn on his resignation has been described as the last kicks of a dying horse.

According to political analyst Theo Venter: "The [ANC] provincial executive has no say. What makes this more of a joke (is that) three of the regions are interim structures ... he appointed them, he chairs the meeting."

Venter believes the ANC "will definitely act against the leadership of Mahumapelo."

North West has been rocked by violent protests, with residents calling for Mahumapelo to resign. 

However, on Wednesday, Mahumapelo’s supporters stormed a meeting of the ANC PEC.

 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, Mahumapelo addressed his supporters after the PEC meeting. 

Mahumapelo said he would head to court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A public policy specialist from the North West University, Kagiso Pooe, says Mahumapelo is still in charge in North West. 

According to Pooe, Mahumapelo should have fixed the problems plaguing the province instead of just mentioning them.