Recently suspended former Chairperson of the African national Congress (ANC) in North West Supra Mahumapelo says he has been politically targeted by fellow members who hate him.
In an exclusive interview with one of the National Television stations, Mahumapelo outlined the motive behind his suspension.
“There are some comrades within the structures who hate with me with passion…deep seated personal hatred”, said Mahumapelo.
Mahumapelo has maintained innocence of any wrongdoing and says the charges against him were fabricated to politically assassinate him.
“I simply went and addressed the meeting of the ANC Women’s League and conducted door to door in the by elections of ANC and it cannot be tantamount to them saying I am bringing the ANC into disrepute”, Mahamapelo explained.
He further explained that some of the members in the Provincial Disciplinary Committee have withheld from recusing themselves which shows that he was personally targeted.
Mahumapelo and acting Provincial Secretary of the ANC women’s league, Bitsa Lenkopane are planning to appeal their 5-year suspensions to the National Disciplinary Committee.
Mahumapelo says that he was unfairly suspended because the Provincial National Disciplinary Committee deliberated on the decision of suspension in his absence together with their representative.
“We have taken the decision to appeal, and we hope that the National Disciplinary Committee can call us as quick as possible so that we can sit face to face with the Provincial Disciplinary Committee so that the NDC can make a final determination”, said Mahumapelo.
According to the ANC constitution, if a member appeals a decision by the PDC, the suspension is henceforth on hold until a final decision is made by the NDC.
Mahumapelo has been charged for ill-discipline and bringing the ANC into disrepute and creating parallel functions within the North West Province.
He argues that the decision has sparked polarisation within the Province.