Will ANC disband Limpopo PEC?

2013-03-13 13:45

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The ANC’s National Executive Committee will announce its verdict about the future of the party’s Limpopo provincial executive committee (PEC) on Friday.

This follows two visits to the province by the party to “assess organisational effectiveness”. During the visit, the party consulted with all regions, all of which complained bitterly about the current PEC under the leadership of chairman Cassel Mathale.

They all expressed a desire to see the current PEC disbanded. Most of the complaints centred on allegations of tenderpreneurship, and vote rigging during conferences.

Speculation is rife that the ANC will disband the PEC and set up an interim structure to run the province while a provincial conference to elect new leaders is being planned.

Insiders and political analysts believe that once the PEC is disbanded, Mathale will be recalled and Luthuli House will install a caretaker premier.

Sipho Masondo looks at the possible candidates for the premiership.

Dikeledi Magadzi – Limpopo MPL and ANC NEC member

Magadzi, who was purged as health MEC by Mathale last year, is the dark horse. Although she has been a bureaucrat and a member of the Limpopo legislature since 1994, little is known about Magadzi.

She has also served in the party’s national executive committee, which has deployed her to convene Mpumalanga, for many years.

Magadzi, whose name has never been associated with scandals and corruption, is seen by many as a mother and somebody who could stabilise government.

Political analyst Elvis Masoga said not having a constituency could work against her, though.

“There is a difference between being a bureaucrat and a politician. Bureaucrats are appointed while politicians are elected. She has never been a top political leader in the province.”

Dickson Masemola – Limpopo education MEC

Not only is Masemola an experienced and senior party leader in the province, he is also a shrewd and cunning politician.

Ahead of Mangaung last year Masemola cleverly read the writing on the wall, dumped the province and its anti-President Jacob Zuma stance and campaigned for Zuma.

Masemola, a former teacher who is also the province’s deputy chairman, commands a huge constituency in Sekhukhune, where he comes from, and is seen as a perfect candidate to unite the fractured province.

However, Masemola failed to show leadership during the protracted textbook scandal, which calls into question his ability to lead. His name has also surfaced in a number of questionable tender dealings.

Dr Joe Phaahla – Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture

Phaahla, a medical doctor by profession, is also a vastly experienced politician and bureaucrat. He has been an MEC twice in the province.

Although he is in the Zuma camp and does harbour ambitions of occupying the highest office in Limpopo, Masoga says he has lost touch with the political dynamics in the province.

“He has been away from Limpopo for such a long time that he has lost touch with its political dynamics. When you want to unite you need somebody with the internal knowledge of the workings of local politics.”

Other names that are also in the mix include those of Lehlogonolo Masoga, an MPL in the Limpopo legislature and former ANCYL chairman in the province and Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Dipuo Letsatsi Duba.

Letsatsi-Duba and Masoga, whom Malema had axed as ANCYL chairman in Limpopo in 2010, also threw in their lot with Zuma’s pre-Mangaung campaign last year.

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