Zuma supporters walk out in Limpopo

2012-12-06 09:01
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Polokwane - Supporters of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe started the Limpopo ANC nomination conference in Polokwane on Thursday morning, after a rival group walked out, claiming bogus delegates had been deployed to vote.

The conference was delayed on Wednesday because of a meeting between national executive committee members and provincial executive members over lingering disputes.

Supporters of President Jacob Zuma walked out at just after 06:00 and were not participating in the nomination process to elect the preferred top six candidates to lead the African National Congress.

Zuma supporters claimed the conference did not verify the credibility of delegates.

Some delegates, who did not want to be named, complained that when they went to register, they discovered that unknown delegates had signed under their names and collected accreditation.

Violence

Police kept close watch on Thursday morning after the conference turned violent on Wednesday evening.

"The situation is now calm. We are still having deployments in identified areas - even at the conference centre itself," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Two men were arrested on Wednesday night when a group of people tried to force their way into the conference centre. They allegedly pelted police with stones when police were trying to talk to them.

They were believed to be supporters of President Jacob Zuma. Police used a water cannon to disperse them.

Mulaudzi said they were not delegates to the conference.

The two men who were arrested were the group's leaders. They would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on public violence charges soon.

Mulaudzi said police would keep watch until the conference finished.

"We will be there until the conference finishes, and I think we did the best on our part since yesterday because now the situation is calm. However we are not working alone because there is private security company as well," he said.

Disruptions


The ANC in Limpopo and the Western Cape were re-running their nomination conferences on Wednesday.

Limpopo cancelled their conference on Friday night when a group wearing T-shirts with President Jacob Zuma's face printed on them disrupted proceedings, forcing delegates to flee the venue, spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said at the time.

The ANC's NEC decided on Monday to allow the two provinces more time to conclude their nomination conferences.

The official deadline was originally November 30.

The provincial nomination conference allows ANC members to nominate their preferred candidates for the party's leadership to be elected at the national conference in Mangaung later this month.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jacob zuma  |  polokwane  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics
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