Stan Mathabatha retains his position as Limpopo chairperson

2018-06-24 00:00
Stan Mathabatha. (Sandile Ndlovu, Gallo Images, Sowetan)

Stan Mathabatha. (Sandile Ndlovu, Gallo Images, Sowetan)

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Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha has retained his position as ANC provincial chair after he was elected unopposed.

Mathabatha was the only official on the top 5 whose position was not contested at the provincial elective conference held at The Ranch Lodge outside Polokwane at the weekend.

Mathabatha had faced a last-minute surge for the provincial top job after entertainer Papa Penny threw his name in the ring on a ticket driven largely by tribalism. 

But the Tsonga disco king whose real name is Eric Nkovhani, failed to get enough support.

Another challenger Falaza Mdaka, a former convenor of the province after the disbandment of the Provincial Executive Committee during former premier Cassel Mathale's era, withdrew just before the nominations process.

Mdaka told News24 he decided to withdraw from the race for the sake of the unity in the province. He admitted that he had entered the race way too late after the branch nominations were concluded.

"It was going to be very difficult to convince the branches after the nominations so I spoke to my regional secretary to inform him that it's best to withdraw," he said.

The withdrawal, and the failure by Papa Penny to reach the threshold cleared the way for Mathabatha.

On Sunday morning, former Limpopo provincial secretary Soviet Moapi Lekganyane made a sensational return to his powerful position.

Lekganyane edged Lehlogonolo Masoga for the position.

The other three positions to complete the top five were deputy chairperson Florence Radzilani, deputy secretary Basikopo Makamu and Danny Msiza as treasury.

Lekganyane is a long serving cadre who served in the same position under former premier and chairman Cassel Mathale.

He was in the same position when the provincial executive committee was disbanded after a fall out with former president Jacob Zuma's leadership.

Makamu, who is a known campaigner for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the province pulled off a surprise victory in a province that is a known as the territory of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Makamu also drew the loudest cheer during the nominations.

On Saturday, the conference had moved into a jubilant gear after news trickled in that an interdict application to halt the conference was struck off the roll with costs in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

The conference entered its third and final day on Sunday with Ramaphosa expected to address the delegates.

By midday on Sunday, nominations for additional members of the PEC was underway and voting expected soon afterwards.

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