JOHANNESBURG – The troubled North West province has reportedly been taken over by President Cyril Ramaphosa, just days after its Premier Supra Mahumapelo decided to go on leave indefinitely.

The Sunday Times reported that two thirds of the province’s municipality has also been taken over by the national Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Mahumapelo is now effectively on paid leave after the African National Congress (ANC) told him not to resign but should rather instead take leave to allow an inter-ministerial committee to intervene in the province.

The paper also reported that Ramaphosa wrote to the National Council of Provinces informing them he was placing the entire North West government under the control of the national executive in terms of Section 100 (1) of the Constitution.

In the report the Sunday Times also said Mahumapelo was expected to meet with the ANC’s top six on Monday to be informed about the constitutional intervention.

In the meantime the under fire Mahumapelo’s finances has come under scrutiny, with many questions being raised how he acquired millions of rands in just four years.

In a scathing open letter, North West ANC member Philly Mapulane said Mahumapelo, one his long time friend has come a long way when the premier allegedly would often ask Mapulane for financial assistance.

Mahumapelo has faced many calls from various parts of his province to step down amidst corruption allegations levelled against him.

Mapulane said Mahumapelo has displayed hypocritical behavior on the issue of lifestyle audits.

He said “He’s also made some pronouncements about the lifestyle audits, trying to instill weight that there are people who must be taken for lifestyle audit and when he has not been exemplary and has a lot answer.”

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