Impasse in NW rages on
ANOTHER intervention meeting is scheduled for next week between the ANC's national leaders and the North West executive committee, indicating that the problems plaguing the province may be insurmountable.
Adding to the chaos is a claim that the provincial executive committee could be disbanded.
Although the possible disbandment of the PEC could not be verified with other sources, Sowetan understands that hardened attitudes among opposing factions could eventually lead to this.
A PEC member claimed that the refusal to reverse the decision to remove provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo and other provincial leaders would eventually force the national executive committee of the ANC to disband the executive.
The PEC member said: "This (Mahumapelo's axing) is an issue the NEC did not agree with the provincial executive over and equally one that the PEC did not agree with the NEC on.
"The NEC will intervene and might decide to disband the PEC in a short space of time."
Members of the NEC met the provincial executive on Tuesday and it is believed that secretary general Gwede Mantashe's repeated interventions in the province - seen by some to favour Mahumapelo - were raised as among those contributing to the current situation.
"Branches have a problem with Mantashe's intervention in North West," said the source.
"There is a belief that Supra is being imposed on us by Mantashe and that alone means that the NEC is facing a serious battle in this province."
The North West ANC has fallen into confusion following two successive provincial general councils that have called for Mahumapelo to be recalled as provincial party leader.
The second PGC went further, calling for disciplinary action against Mahumapelo.
Mantashe issued a statement calling the decision "unconstitutional" but our source dismissed this.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza yesterday denied that next week's meeting was about the party failing to resolve the issues, instead arguing that a process had begun to address the same issues. - firstname.lastname@example.org