Disbanded Limpopo regions gear up for elective conferences

2013-08-30 18:14

The disbanded regional structures of the ANC in Limpopo have been instructed to hold their elective conferences next month.

The regions were disbanded by the ANC Provincial Task Team (PTT) early this year after being accused of division and factionalism.

The PTT was established by Luthuli House after the ruling party’s Johannesburg headquarters disbanded the provincial executive committee, led by Cassel Mathale.

Mathale, who was sacked as the premier of Limpopo last month, has since been deployed to Cape Town as an ordinary MP.

City Press was reliably informed by two officials the PTT had ordered the Sekhukhune, Peter Mokaba and Mopani regions to hold their elective conferences by the end of next month as part of the party’s preparations for the much-awaited provincial conference in December.

The Sekhukhune district executive mayor, David Shoes Magabe, who was the regional chairperson when it was dissolved, is said to be available for re-election.

It was not clear at the time of going to press who is likely to challenge him for the job.

Sekhukhune co-ordinator Jerry Maseko confirmed the region would hold its elective conference from September 20 to 22.

He said they have already submitted a list of 121 branches to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for audit before the branches could hold branch general meetings to nominate their preferred candidates.

“The branches will only begin with their nominations once we have received an audit report from the SG,” he said.

Maseko said they had not secured the venue for the conference as yet.

Mopani co-ordinator Pasikop Matlamo also confirmed the region would hold its elective conference from September 27 to 29 at a venue still to be decided.

He said they had submitted a list of 125 branches to Mantashe for audit purposes.

“The nominations will start as soon as the SG releases the report. We expect him to do so as early as next week,” he said.

Mopani executive mayor Joshua Matlou, who was the chairperson of the disbanded executive, is also expected to stand for re-election.

It is not yet clear who will contest him for the job.

Peter Mokaba region coordinator Zeblon Mphofela confirmed the region would hold its elective conference from September 27 to 29 at a venue still to be decided.

Lawrence Mapoulo, who was the chairperson of the disbanded region, is said to be girding his loins to contest the elections.

The Vhembe and Waterberg regions, which were not disbanded, are also expected to hold their elective conferences next month to elect new leadership before the provincial conference.

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