They will lead Limpopo ANC with Mathabatha

2014-02-16 19:10

Premier Stan Mathabatha was elected ANC chairperson in the province unopposed at the party’s conference, held at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus since Friday.

His deputy is Jerry Ndou while Nocks Seabi was elected secretary. Mmakoma Makhurupetja will deputise Seabi.

Former provincial task team treasurer Thembi Nwedamutswu retains her position on a permanent basis as member of the new provincial executive committee of the ANC.

The race for the top job took a twist last night when MEC Dickson Masemola dropped out at the last minute.

Shortly before the nomination process started, Mathabatha and Masemola joined a group of delegates outside the conference venue in an informal meeting where regional leaders told delegates Mathabatha would be elected unopposed.

The conference kicked off on Friday amid tensions and clear signs of division. There was a delay before proceedings finally got under way just before midnight. Masemola was seen with his camp in one of the caucuses held in the dark parking lot on the night.

Until late on Saturday, one group openly danced to pro-Mathabatha songs while Masemola’s camp used any chance they could get to caucus.

After the informal meeting where it was announced Mathabatha would stand unopposed, a large crowd sang in one voice: “Si hamba no Stan thina” (We go with Stan) as they walked into the venue where the nomination process would start.

One of the reasons for Masemola’s about-turn could be the retainment of his position as MEC.

Masemola was the education MEC under whose watch the embarrassing textbook saga happened.

When Mathabatha was called back from the Ukraine – where he was ambassador – to lead the province, he spared Masemola in the provincial cabinet reshuffle.

Masemola had apparently hoped to lead the ANC in Limpopo, based on the fact that he was deputy chairperson of the ANC in the since disbanded PEC, led by former Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale.

His hopes were also apparently bolstered by the fact that he had jumped ship and opposed the Mathale-led ANC when he supported President Jacob Zuma instead of Kgalema Motlanthe in the run- up to the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference.

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