Dispute-resolution task team at work as Limpopo ANC politics heats up

2013-10-06 06:00

Political tension is thickening ahead of the ANC Limpopo provincial conference, with signs of disharmony already showing at branch level.

Factionalism and allegations of underhand tricks, as well as manipulated decisions on behalf of branches, have led to the postponement of five regional conferences, which were supposed to be held this weekend and the weekend before.

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A dispute-resolution task team was expected to report back to the ANC Limpopo provincial task team (PTT) after a week of dealing with individual branch disputes.

The ANC in Limpopo said this was done to make sure that members were happy when they got to their regional conference and consequently the provincial conference.

“The feeling is we should deal with each and every little dispute, no matter how insignificant it is, because people have developed tendencies of taking the ANC to court. We wanted to avoid any comebacks,” said PTT spokesperson Sello Lediga.

A source said the majority of the disputes were not substantive and were dismissed.

“Clearly some people were using these disputes to disrupt the regional conferences. Many of them did not hold water and had to be dismissed,” the source close to the PTT said.

In the race for the position of chairperson, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha is expected to beat his challenger, Dickson Masemola, with some ease.

Masemola used to be the deputy chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo.

He later broke ranks with then chairperson and premier Cassel Mathale and supported President Jacob Zuma towards Mangaung.

He had apparently hoped his loyalty would see him lead Limpopo’s provincial government.

Mathabatha had spared him when he fired eight out of 10 MECs when he took over in Limpopo as premier.

Masemola will also be remembered as having been at the helm of the province’s education department as its MEC during the textbook saga.

Mathabatha’s detractors claim some only support him to save or advance their careers in government and politics as he is seen as Luthuli House’s – and Zuma’s – preferred man.

More casualties are expected in the new year once the new leadership has taken over, when they are expected to rid the province of those associated with Mathale.

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