Phaahla accepts defeat in Limpopo
Polokwane - Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla has accepted his defeat in elections for the post of chairperson of the ANC's Limpopo provincial structure.
He told Sapa on Tuesday that he went to the provincial election well aware of the fact that there would be winners and losers.
"In any conference, you have to know that some people will win while others will lose. It's not like I didn't know that," he said.
Phaahla said he would continue doing his work in government and with the newly elected provincial leadership.
Asked about his views on the conference and ways to heal divisions in those regions that supported him and those who supported re-elected ANC provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale, Phaahla said: "The conference is being concluded today [Tuesday]... That [healing divisions] is all up to the new leadership."
Mathale won with a marginal 82 votes. He got 601 votes while Phaahla received 519 votes.
On Sunday Mathale denied his victory would divide the province, saying an elective conference was all about preference.
“Delegates lobbied from branches… it's different preferences that produce an outcome. We can't say that when two people are nominated it results in a division. It's a preference.”
Mathale said there were no hard feelings between himself and Phaahla.