ANC’s Limpopo conference will go ahead, with or without regional conferences

2013-10-24 13:49

The provincial task team (PPT) of the ANC in Limpopo was adamant that the party’s provincial conference would go ahead in December despite disputes that were making it difficult for the regional conferences to proceed. It was not clear when the four remaining regions would hold their conferences. But the provincial task team (PTT) has said even if the regional conferences did not go ahead, the provincial conference could proceed. Read: Soviet Lekganyane could make a comeback in Limpopo The PTT has dismissed any suggestions that the provincial conference could be moved to early next year to allow regional conference disputes to be resolved.

The ANC in Limpopo finds itself lagging behind its initial schedule to have regional conferences wrapped up by the end of September.

But coordinator of the ANC in Limpopo Joy Matshoge said this would not be problematic as regional conferences could not block the way for the provincial conference.

At the provincial conference, a showdown is expected between Premier Stan Mathabatha and Public Works MEC Dickson Masemola, who led the education department during the textbook saga.

Mathabatha has already indicated that he would avail himself to lead the ANC in Limpopo if nominated by branches.

Masemola, a former deputy chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo, has also kept his ambitions to lead burning.

Masemola was tipped to take over as Limpopo premier after Cassel Mathale was sent packing, but President Jacob Zuma opted for Mathabatha – a diplomat at the time – instead.

When he took over the reigns, Mathabatha axed Mathabatha’s cabinet and only Masemola and Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba were spared the chop.

Masemola is believed to have been spared because of his apparent fallout with the anti-Zuma Mathale.

Meanwhile, the Vhembe regional conference did proceed, but it did not escape the ongoing trend of disputes.

Although its outcome was given the thumbs-up by the PTT, its legitimacy has been challenged.

Matshoge did not go into details but confirmed they were still studying concerns that were raised in Vhembe following the conference.

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