Limpopo ANC leadership dissolved: Mantashe

By Drum Digital
18 March 2013

The ANC has dissolved its Limpopo's provincial leadership, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] has been dissolved for displaying totally un-ANC behaviour and institutionalised factional conduct," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"[It will] be replaced with an interim structure that will be given no more than nine months to work towards convening a provincial conference."

A list of the provincial task team was being decided during a meeting on Monday. A provincial general council would be held in Limpopo on Sunday.

The decision to dissolve the PEC was taken at a three-day national executive committee meeting in Irene, south of Pretoria at the weekend.

Mantashe said there were a number of issues in the province, which involved MECs and mayors who did not hold the same views as the PEC being removed.

It showed there was no ANC leadership in the province, there were groupings, and the ANC was paying the price.

"These issues cannot go unnoticed by the ANC," he said.

Mantashe said dissolving the PEC would not affect government positions.

Provincial chairman Cassel Mathale is also the Limpopo premier.

"The PEC is elected in the inner conference of the ANC. That PEC is not government, so we'll dissolve the PEC not government," he said.

The NEC also dissolved the NEC of the ANCYL.

"[This is] as a consequence of its continued ill-disciplined behaviour that brought the organisation into disrepute on numerous occasions," Mantashe said.

"An interim team will be selected and put in place by the NWC [national working committee]."

Mantashe said the NEC had instructed that all processes be stopped immediately with regard to the pending provincial and regional conferences of the ANCYL.

Some were trying to rush these conferences so that leaders could be elected.

"We can't have a leadership that is instant," said Mantashe.

"There is a difference between filter coffee and instant coffee."

Mantashe denied that dissolving the ANCYL NEC and the Limpopo PEC was a purging exercise.

"The Mangaung conference has come and gone... we don't go around purging people," he said.

"You cannot be flat-footed and do nothing when things go wrong."

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