Supra Mahumapelo, an ally of former president Jacob Zuma, has been reinstated as the ANC’s North West chair by the high court in Johannesburg. This is a blow to President Cyril Ramaphosa and his clean-up campaign in the ANC. It also comes ahead of his state of the nation address on Thursday and the crucial 2019 general elections. Mahumapelo was part of the group that met Zuma at the Maharani Hotel in Durban where a plot to unseat Ramaphosa was allegedly discussed. Mahumapelo and four others approached the court in a bid to have the ANC’s national executive committee’s (NEC) decision to disband the provincial leadership overturned. Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane on Wednesday found that the decision by the NEC to disband the North West provincial executive committee was “procedurally unfair” and breached the ANC’s constitution as well as the constitutional rights of the applicants. “The decision of the ANC, made on August 31, 2018, to disband the North West provincial executive commi...

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