Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has filed an urgent application for an interdict to stop damaging claims of corruption being levelled against him.

Mahumapelo, the province’s ANC chairperson, is heading to the high court in Pretoria in his personal capacity and is seeking an order to prohibit four local businesspeople from continuing with their “vicious smear campaign”.

The “outrageously defamatory” claims include an inference that he had a hand in the murder of the former chairperson of the North West Business Forum, Wandile Bozwana, he said. Bozwana died after being shot nine times when a BMW  M3 pulled up next to his car at an intersection along the N1 in Pretoria in October 2015.

The murder triggered widespread speculation that Bozwana was killed because he had threatened to expose corruption in the North West Province.