After saying on Tuesday that he would be resigning from his position, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo on Wednesday did an about turn.
The premier said on Wednesday morning said that he would only resign once the African National Congress Provincial Executive Committee calls on him to do so.
The premier spoke to media who had gathered outside the venue where the PEC were holding their urgently convened meeting.
He told those present that he reports to the party and is now awaiting further instructions.
“My structure then said that I must wait a bit because I didn’t consult with the PEC, so I’m here now,” he said.
The province has been rocked by violent protests over the last few weeks, as angry residents have taken to the streets to call for the premier to be removed.
The calls for his resignation have come in the wake of corruption allegations levelled against him. On Tuesday, he announced that he would be resigning as premier after being asked to do so by the top leadership of the African National Congress.
The ANC in the province described his resignation as a “voluntary exit from his deployment as premier”, Eyewitness News reports.
The structure further added that it was proud of the premier’s achievements and said that he would continue to serve the party in a new role that they have yet to determine for him.
With regards to the corruption allegations against him, the ANC in the North West said that the premier was innocent until proven otherwise.
The premier initially scheduled a press briefing for Wednesday morning, but then cancelled it.
According to a report by eNCA, former North West premier and current chair of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise’s name has been mentioned as a possible replacement.