President Cyril Ramaphosa supporters in the North West province are said to have submitted names of their preferred leaders to succeed former premier Supra Mahumapelo. Sources in the province said Ramaphosa’s backers in the North West wanted either South African Communist Party provincial secretary Madoda Sambatha, provincial executive committee (PEC) member Mmoloki Cwaile or provincial chairman of the portfolio committee on environmental affairs Philemon Mapulane to be considered. The three are staunch supporters of Ramaphosa and have fallen out with Mahumapelo. The initial trio submitted by the pro-Mahumapelo PEC, and rejected by the party’s national executive (NEC), were Rev OJ Tselapedi, Suzan Dantjie and Manketsi Tlhape. It was reported that the PEC names were rejected by the NEC meeting, which ended late on Monday. The ANC is yet to brief the media about the outcomes of the weekend meeting. According to the ANC constitution, the PEC must submit three names to the NEC, which th...

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