The Young Communist League in Moses Kotane local municipality (North West province) has urged its mother body the SACP “to consider the state power route” at an upcoming provincial congress.
The YCL accused the ANC in this province, under Premier Supra Mahumapelo, of “abusing the working class majority, the poor, communist party members, the alliance and sowing divisions in the working class leadership through patronage”.
Provincial spokesperson Tsietsi Letsebe said in statement there was also an “anti-communist agenda” and a purge of communist leaders in government. Letsebe said the agenda started when Mahumapelo accused SACP provincial secretary Madoda Sambatha – then MEC for the department of public works and roads – of an illegal land sale for R76 000.
Sambatha was subsequently axed from the government post and an investigation was conducted.
“The removal of Sambatha has escalated to the removal of all communist comrades in government,” Letsebe said.
“This is a declaration and expression of the deep-seated hatred by the premier against leaders of the working class in the province,” he said.
He said Mahumapelo was not genuine about dealing with “mafias and corrupt people” in the province. Among the cases the YCL wanted the premier to investigate were “the failed fabricated deployment of (former Eskom chief executive) Brian Molefe to Parliament through the ticket of North West when he was not even an activist”.
Molefe left Parliament hastily to return to Eskom but his stint was cut short following a legal challenge. Letsebe questioned why Molefe’s replacement in Parliament, Mathew Wolmarans, had been allowed to take the seat when he was previously convicted of murder. Wolmarans was later cleared when the ruling was set aside.
Letsebe said that another government official “sold government land and properties on a cheaper value and the provincial government had to repurchase it with more than R100 million”.
“From this fraudulent activity she could have not passed the security clearance. Therefore her appointment is questionable.”
He said Mahumapelo had failed to act even after the parliamentary portfolio committee on environmental affairs lashed as ill conceived “the R100 million game buffalo breeding donation” in 2015 by the MEC for rural, environment and agricultural development, Manketse Tlhape, and concluded that she must pay it back.
The YCL wanted Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to probe all these allegations.
Letsebe said: “Central to this purging tactics is a benefactor who is so obsessed with wealth accumulation that he would do everything in his powers to defend corruption and eliminate anybody who dare stand for the truth.”
He said the YCL was still adamant that Mahumapelo should resign because “he has proven himself not to be equal to the task of leading this administration”. “Worse is the fact his business interest has bankrupted the local and provincial sphere of government and continues to rob what is due to workers and the working class majority of this province in general,” he said.
He said the ANC-led alliance in the province was dysfunctional because Mahumapelo did not consult other partners when taking decisions.
“The [administration] is the worst of all [and while] communities cry foul over water it brings [them President Jacob] Zuma’s monument”.
On Wednesday, Mahumapelo and President Jacob Zuma unveiled Zuma’s R1.8-million memorial in Groot Marico.