New ANC chair in North West wants unity
Rustenburg - The time has come for the ANC in the North West to march forward in unity, newly elected chair Supra Mahumapelo said on Sunday.
"The political umbilical cord that binds us will never break," he said in his closing address at the ANC's provincial conference in Rustenburg on Sunday.
"Never again shall we allow ourselves to be active participants of mistrust among ourselves."
Mahumapelo called on all losing groups to disband, saying their existence was no longer relevant.
He said the newly elected leadership of the province will improve contact with the ANC branches, regional structures and sub-regions in deciding the deployment of councillors for the upcoming municipal elections.
Mahumapelo led the conference in a song, calling for the ANC ancestor Oliver Tambo to show mercy on them.
"Re hauhele Tambo (show us mercy Tambo)," he sang before his address.
Mahumapelo told delegates to bury any hatred they might harbour against each other. Delegates at the provincial elective conference said they would rally behind the elected provincial leaders, and losing candidates promised to work with their successful rivals.
One of the delegates, Kogdiso Bathomane, believed Mahumapelo and his team would unite the province.
"We have elected a much focused leadership that has the potential to take the province to another level," he said.
He told Sapa that Mahumapelo had been tested.
"He was persecuted and emerged a victor," he said.
The ANC said in a statement that it hoped the new leadership would carry out the ANC's message.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu called on members to embrace the elected leaders.
The ANC Youth League also added its voice in support of the newly elected leadership.
"We call on the elected leadership to work towards building unity in their provinces and to consolidate a concrete, clear and focused programme for the victory of the ANC in the upcoming local government elections," league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said.
Shivambu said the outcomes of the congresses reflected the strong position of the league in the provinces.
"We are particularly proud that ANC Youth League national executive committee member Kabelo Mataboge and former ANCYL national executive committee member Songezo Mjongile are elected as provincial secretaries of the North West and Western Cape respectively," Shivambu said.