Both stability and the ANCs electoral fortunes in the North West are at risk as the party battles to contain protests over the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. The party’s national working committee (NWC) was on Tuesday locked in a meeting with the North West provincial executive committee to get to grips with the situation. Despite days of mayhem, the ANC’s NWC cannot take a decision on Mahumapelo’s future. This is up to either a special sitting or an ordinary sitting of the ANC’s highest decision-making body, the national executive committee (NEC). The head of the NEC delegation to the North West, Obed Bapela — who is seen as sympathetic to Mahumapelo — on Tuesday admitted the province’s electoral performance was a big concern for the ANC. In the 2016 local government election, the ANC in the North West obtained an overall tally of 59% — a 15 percentage-point drop from the previous local government election in 2011. At the centre of the difficulty in handling the Mahumapelo si...

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