The ongoing crisis rocking the ruling party and its leadership has taken its toll on the Gauteng branch. This is in relation to the suspension of one of its top member in the province.
Over the weekend, the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng announced the suspension MPL and former sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape.
As disclosed by the ruling party, the decision to temporarily bar the MPL from speaking or acting in the capacity of the ANC follows her conduct at the legislature on September 29 and 30. According to Gauteng ANC, Bopape’s humiliating conduct on that day undermined the political authority of the ANC caucus.
The ANC also condemned Bopape’s conduct on that day, stating that her behavior had the likelihood or potential of bringing the ANC into disrepute.
“In order to maintain discipline within the organization‚ the ANC Gauteng Provincial Working Committee took a decision to suspend the membership of ANC member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and provincial executive committee member comrade Molebatsi Bopape with immediate effect in accordance with Rule 25.56 of the ANC Constitution,” the party said.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that on September 29, the MPL mounted a scathing attack against Premier David Makhura, to the excitement and admiration of opposition groups, particularly the DA and EFF.
Standing before other legislators, Bopape (who was dismissed earlier this year, as Gauteng sports MEC over corruption and irregularities claims) accused Makhura of protecting a suspended senior official who had “strong political backing” in his cabinet.
She also presented to the house a dossier which purportedly supported her claims that the Premier did not summon her after allegations of corruption and irregularities were leveled against her by rivalries.
Paramountly, following Bopape’s suspension, the ruling party has barred her from representing or speaking on behalf of the ANC in any capacity until the Provincial Disciplinary Committee concludes disciplinary proceedings against her.
MEC Molebatsi Bopape was appointed MEC in May 2014.