Mahumapelo re-elected ANC North West chairperson

2015-02-14 13:37

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The ANC in the North West has spoken in one voice and re-elected Premier Supra Mahumapelo as its provincial chairperson in what will go down as the most peaceful conference in recent years.

In a brief nomination and election process that rolled out like a well-oiled machine last night, Mahumapelo and three of his close allies retained their positions in the top five of the ANC in the province.

This was the only conference that didn’t turn into a headache for Mahumapelo. Police presence on site was to monitor the gathering and, unlike at least the past two elective gatherings, there was no need for rubber bullets or teargas.

Although the conference may seem like the end of factionalism in the North West, those on the sidelines of the venue said it was to ensure those not aligned to Mahumapelo did not return to the provincial executive.

The conference was seen as Mahumapelo’s ultimate victory in dealing with his detractors and consolidating his power by surrounding himself with his allies.

One of those seen as opposed to him was Gordon Kegakilwe, former deputy secretary of the ANC in the province, who was replaced by the provincial legislature speaker Susan Dantjie.

China Dodovu, another known Mahumapelo detractor who was late last year cleared of the murder of ANC Kenneth Kaunda regional secretary Abuti Chika, was replaced as deputy secretary by Moretele municipality mayor Sello Lehare.

Former Tlokwe ANC chief whip Dakota Legote retained his position as the secretary while Kgakgamatso Morwagaswe was elected treasurer.

Mahumapelo is one of the longest-serving chairpersons in the North West but elections were never a smooth ride and never went unchallenged until this weekend.

The province’s deep-rooted factionalism became apparent towards the ANC’s 2012 Mangaung conference when the North West was divided between Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.

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