ANC Limpopo election 'credible'

2011-12-20 07:36

Polokwane - No one has challenged the results or election process that saw Cassel Mathale declared the ANC's Limpopo chairperson, a party official said on Monday.

The newly-elected provincial secretary in Mathale's camp, Soviet Lekganyane, said the outcome of the elective conference was credible.

"If there was any dispute relating to elections, the conference would not have continued through the second round of elections for additional members."

Lekganyane said this was evidence of an "authentic and genuine" process.

It emerged on Saturday that some ANC Youth League members had allegedly been duplicating tags for bogus members, at a local printing shop, that would have allowed them to vote.

A journalist who went to the shop after being tipped off was hit with a brick on his head, allegedly by two men who demanded to know why he was taking pictures.

On Sunday, ANC provincial spokesperson David Masondo said the party viewed the incident in a very serious light.

Mathale beat his challenger, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla, by 601 votes to 519 during Sunday's election.

Change in leadership

Lekganyane spoke out against succession debates, saying the party should focus more on how to best prepare for the organisation's elective conference in Mangaung in 2012, when the party would celebrate its centenary.

Since the Limpopo conference started, delegates had made it clear though chanting and singing Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's praises, while denouncing and mocking President Jacob Zuma, that they wanted a change in leadership in Mangaung.

One song referred to Zuma's remarks during his rape trial in 2006, when he told the court he took a shower after having sex with an HIV-positive woman. He was acquitted.

During the song Mathale supporters and suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, a close ally of Mathale's, lifted their hands over their heads, in an imitation of the shower head cartoonist Zapiro uses in his drawings of Zuma.

"If there is any conduct or attitude that has been unbecoming or un-ANC, it will be condemned by resolutions of the conference," Lekganyane said.

The conference voted for provincial executive committee members on Monday. Results would be announced on Tuesday. Malema is among the 40 nominees on the list.

  • Larry - 2011-12-20 07:43

    Hmmm, something from the ANC that is credible? I doubt it.

      John - 2011-12-20 23:55

      The single most important factor about " nationalization " is: It has not succeeded in '100' countries over '100' years. The countries which have tried it have FAILED, and are moving AWAY from " nationalization ". Russia, China, India, Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, etc, etc. ALL FAILED. Not only did the TOTAL CONTROL OF THE ECONOMY fail, but also the TOTAL CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE fail. Malema, Cosatu, ANC do not have any trick, ace, or advantage of any kind that makes it possible for nationalization to succeed in South Africa. There are comparable samples of same populations trying TOTAL CONTROL and FREEDOM ECONOMICS: Germany, freedom success, East Germany, nationalization failure. South Korea, freedom success, North Korea, nationalization failure. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, freedom success, China, nationalization failure. Western Europe, freedom success, Eastern Europe, nationalization failure. Malema, Cosatu, ANC are guilty of ignorance, incompetence, negligence, abortion, murder, Genocide.

  • Max - 2011-12-20 08:18

    When the institution that states somethihing is credible is not credible it self how credible is its vote of credibility?

      appietrader - 2011-12-20 12:31

      Must be in their gene. Even these elections must be rigged. Corruption, stealing nothing done in a honest way, new SA??

  • Walter - 2011-12-20 08:18

    "Credible?", "Journalist smacked with a brick when trying to take photographs!", "Youth members using name tags and casting extra votes for absent members." Smells very fishy to me and quite honestly, I'm not surprised. It's the way African politics has gone for many years.

  • Rob - 2011-12-20 08:22

    You got the date wrong, it is December not April 1st

  • Yar - 2011-12-20 09:49

    The vote is rigged I would expect no less

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-20 10:07

    Things fall apart the cANCer cannot hold.

      Yar - 2011-12-20 10:55

      Very Subtle - top marks

  • Marick - 2011-12-20 10:41

    I would not be surprised to hear the brick incident being taken further. It surely should - if a person involved in politics thinks they that shut up a free media, then we certainly have a problem on our hands.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-20 11:48

    Intimidation is also a tool in the armory of political parties !!

  • Panki - 2011-12-20 12:21

    I like the chanting for Motlanthe part, the rest I dont care.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-12-20 12:58

    Nothing credible has ever emerged from the Limpopo province. Why should we start believing them now? JM comes from Limpopo. I rest my case

  • Thabo - 2011-12-20 14:42

    In 2012 at Mangaung,we want the president who will lead us in to the economic freedom journey,we dont want just the president,but the president with the ambition and the freedom charter objectives.This gap between poor and rich must be close.This white monopoly capital must be challenged and abolished.The poor South Africans must shine with their belongings.This is not secret that,we want to overcome this white dominent in economy.They are helpless in this country to our people on our minerals and benefiting themselves.The imperialism is dominating in our country.We want to live like white people.Nationalisation and land expropriation without compensation will be solution to our people.

      Piston - 2012-01-15 11:50

      Crap....go do some economics courses and see why. Also go across our borders and see why... Also go overseas and see why.... Also take your head out your ass and see why... Wake up dude...make your own business's from the ground up...that's economic freedom...not stealing someone elses hard work! You cannot use apartheid for your own incompetance and once you realise this we will hold hands!

  • Gwen - 2011-12-21 09:31

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • Piston - 2012-01-15 11:45

    When you have to say "credible" to the public then you are not....easy hey!

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