Mandela mourning, disputes delay Limpopo ANC conference

2013-12-21 09:14

The delay in the Limpopo ANC’s provincial conference has been blamed on, among other things, the mourning period following the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

The conference was supposed to start yesterday.

The Limpopo ANC’s provincial task team (PTT) said the mourning period, the court cases against the ANC arising from regional conferences as well as disputes have been too much to deal with to also organise the conference from which the new provincial leadership would have emerged next week.

Spokesperson for the PTT Sello Lediga said they have had their hands full with trying to unite the ANC in the province by rebuilding structures from branch level, to overseeing regional conferences while also doing some election campaign work.

Lediga has acknowledged that factionalism was a contributing factor to the delay.

“We are in a province that was highly factionalised. Factionalism is not completely conquered but we have made progress,” he said.

The postponement of the conference has left the PTT in a situation where they had to ask Luthuli House to use its powers and extend their stay in office by at least a month.

Lediga said Luthuli House had resolved to extend its stay in office until the conference is held from January 31 to February 2 next year.

The last day in office for the PTT would have been December 24. The ANC constitution gives the PTT only nine months in office within which the new provincial executive committee should be elected.

As for the PTT’s progress in uniting the ANC in the province, Lediga said things were not as bad as they had been when they took office in March. He added that eliminating factionalism and divisions could not be achieved overnight.

Lediga dismissed reports of divisions in the PTT, saying members may prefer a particular candidate for the position of ANC chairperson in the province but that it didn’t affect the affairs of the party in Limpopo.

PTT convenor Philemon Mdaka and coordinator Joy Matshoge are believed to support different candidates for the position of chairperson.

Premier Stan Mathabatha and MEC Dickson Masemola are going head to head in the race for the position.

Four regional conferences were held of which two ended up in court.

The Waterberg region was yet to hold its conference and the PTT said it was ready to organise the conference for them in the new year as “divisions” among the regional leadership had rendered them incapable to organise one for themselves.

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