Stan Mathabatha hits out at ANC members who take the party to court

2013-12-28 13:22

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Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has called for unity and discipline among ANC members in the province.

Speaking at the funeral of Priscilla Mokaba, Limpopo struggle icon and mother to the late former ANC youth league firebrand leader Peter Mokaba, Mathabatha spoke strongly against those who fail to accept the outcome of ANC conferences and take the organisation to court.

The ANC in Limpopo has failed to hold its provincial conference and elect its new leadership amid factionalism and court cases against the party.

The mourning period following the death of former president Nelson Mandela was also counted among the reasons for the delay.

The Waterberg region only held its regional conference over the weekend while the ANC has been taken to court by those against the outcome of the conferences in Mopani and Peter Mokaba.

The term of the ANC provincial task team in the province would have come to an end this week but had to be extended until the province gathers and elects new leaders at the end of January 2014.

Mathabatha, who leads the race for the provincial chairmanship against MEC for Public Works Dickson Masemola, told party members that unity could not be compromised within the organisation.

The ANC in the province was divided before the Mangaung conference, with former premier Cassel Mathale and company supporting Kgalema Motlanthe against President Jacob Zuma.

Now there is a faction supporting Mathabatha and another campaigning for Masemola. Mathabatha has strongly criticised this.

Just before Mathabatha delivered his tribute today, his predecessor, Mathale, jumped to the podium and started chanting slogans including “Jacob Zuma for president”.

Mathale is believed to be supporting Masemola against Mathabatha even though Masemola switched support to Zuma before Mangaung.

Earlier today, both Mathale and Mathabatha were seen dancing and chanting ANC slogans before the latter started preaching unity.

“As an ANC member you must be a unifier. You cannot belong to factions if you are an ANC member,” Mathabatha said.

He also asked ANC members to be disciplined enough to accept the outcome of any gathering. “If you go into an ANC branch meeting with different views and your views are defeated, you must be the first to support and defend the winning ideas. If you don’t support the winning views or the elected leadership then you are weakening the ANC,” Mathabatha said.

These sentiments were shared by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters who was representing Zuma at the funeral.

“Taking the ANC to court is wrong. To continue MaMokaba’s legacy we must ensure that the organisation is united and formidable in Limpopo,” she said.

Among those who attended the funeral were Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile as well as Peter Mokaba’s cousin and international relations and cooperation minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Former Limpopo premiers Ngoako Ramahtlodi and Sello Moloto also attended the funeral, which was held at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus in Mankweng outside Polokwane.

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