ANC dissolves Limpopo leadership

2013-03-18 14:22

Johannesburg - The ANC has dissolved its Limpopo provincial leadership, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] has been dissolved for displaying totally un-ANC behaviour and institutionalised factional conduct," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

Interim structure

"[It will] be replaced with an interim structure that will be given no more than nine months to work towards convening a provincial conference."

A list of the provincial task team was being decided during a meeting on Monday. A provincial general council would be held in Limpopo on Sunday.

The decision to dissolve the PEC was taken at a three-day national executive committee meeting in Irene, south of Pretoria at the weekend.

Mantashe said there were a number of issues in the province, which involved MECs and mayors who did not hold the same views as the PEC being removed.

It showed there was no ANC leadership in the province, there were groupings, and the ANC was paying the price.

"These issues cannot go unnoticed by the ANC," he said.

Mantashe said dissolving the PEC would not affect government positions.

Provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale is also the Limpopo premier.

"The PEC is elected in the inner conference of the ANC. That PEC is not government, so we'll dissolve the PEC not government," he said.

ANCYL executive dissolved

The NEC also dissolved the NEC of the ANCYL.

"[This is] as a consequence of its continued ill-disciplined behaviour that brought the organisation into disrepute on numerous occasions," Mantashe said.

"An interim team will be selected and put in place by the NWC [national working committee]."

Mantashe said the NEC had instructed that all processes be stopped immediately with regard to the pending provincial and regional conferences of the ANCYL.

Some were trying to rush these conferences so that leaders could be elected.

"We can't have a leadership that is instant," said Mantashe.

"There is a difference between filter coffee and instant coffee."

Mantashe denied that dissolving the ANCYL NEC and the Limpopo PEC was a purging exercise.

"The Mangaung conference has come and gone... we don't go around purging people," he said.

"You cannot be flat-footed and do nothing when things go wrong."

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-03-18 14:25

    When you bite the hand that feeds you, you get a sn*t klap!

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-03-18 14:33

      ja,looks like it doesnt matter if you are an incompetent leader that does not supply text books you stay,but go against the cANCer and you get shunted.

      jono.qmann - 2013-03-18 14:43

      we wanna see no ANC let alone an interim thing they wanna do

      John - 2013-03-18 14:44

      This is a warining to the DA the ANC has taken notice and are trying to change......DA please form an alliance with other parties for next elections now....ANC will be up for the fight next elections.....

      Eterni80 - 2013-03-18 14:46

      I'd like to say I'm impressed, but JZ has had these house cleaning exercises before that were like 2 day sales at woolworths looooooong term, decisive, sustainable action will impress me more. just look at his appointments of police commissioners as a keen example of sticking a band aid on a gushing wound.

      roger.hess.14 - 2013-03-18 15:01

      Looks like I will do a "good riddance" toast at the end of the day after all, this is some internal action that has been long overdue. It's up to the voters in 2014 to take the external action.

      ColinShephard - 2013-03-18 15:02

      john hahaha, no they're only getting rid of people who are not pro zuma, they are still the same incompetent and corrupt bunch of clowns

      roger.hess.14 - 2013-03-18 15:05

      While they're on a roll, how about putting a cap on that useless NYDA also?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-18 15:37

      We should just cede Limpopo to Mugabe...

      Ygivadamn - 2013-03-18 15:38


      Philip - 2013-03-18 16:29

      I say dissolve the whole freekin' ANC !!

  • William Sudding - 2013-03-18 14:28

    Dont you just love the metaphors Gwede comes up with.

      Sheilan - 2013-03-18 14:53

      "There is a difference between filter coffee and instant coffee." My fav. lol

      jim.boorman.7 - 2013-03-18 15:15

      Very good Toby!!!

      Daniel Rademan - 2013-03-18 15:39

      he wanted to say theres a difference between Jonny walker red and blue - but decided best not to

  • IAnon Ym - 2013-03-18 14:28

    Took you long enough - don't think it will make any difference though.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-18 14:28

    How the mighty have fallen.

  • Sifiso Sosibo - 2013-03-18 14:29

    When is the Eastern Cape going to meet the same fate cause its been long overdue ever since Mbeki's era they've been getting away with murder? Maybe will see justice meted on them once they STOP singing from the same hymn book as the reigning leadership like Limpopo?

  • Stephen Fienberg - 2013-03-18 14:30

    Both encouraging and disturbing. ANC seems to be cleaning out both the incompetent and corrupt as well as Zuma's opponents.

      WilsoWill - 2013-03-18 15:22

      cleansing out incompetent and corrupt.... I think not.....

  • Johan Uys - 2013-03-18 14:34

    People should be rewarded for "displaying totally un-ANC behaviour".

      Jurie Nel - 2013-03-18 14:55

      Yes, Johan. Most commentators laud this happening - but don't they see? All this is, is a purge in the purest Stalinist form, where political dissidents are removed and the grip on power is tightened in the short term interest of a single faction, but to the detriment of democracy, the country and, in the log run, the ANC itself. I see this as a desperate measure by a desperate faction within the ANC.

  • nande.ngxwana - 2013-03-18 14:34

    So the PEC of Limpopo has been disbanded as well as the ANCYL theres two ways to look at this one; from a rational viewpoint Pres. Zuma and his cronies are preventing party factionalism pre- 2014 election by removing his obvious detractors from within, albeit from a refelctionist perspective this could be an attempt to silence the radical reformist who have paintakingly oppossed Zuma in recent months . Moreover this could easily be an attempt to preserve foreign national interests immeasurably and to ward of policy ambiguities that have prevalently been the impasse in public debates

  • fargone - 2013-03-18 14:36

    In ANC leadership is so easily dissolved, lets hope we get countrywide rain soon, all just get washed away like bad stains.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-03-18 14:41

    Actually displaying perfect ANC behaviour......

  • Martin van Staden - 2013-03-18 14:41

    "ANC dissolves" would be a better title.

  • Joe Zwarts - 2013-03-18 14:43

    what he ment to say is they were desolved because of coruption and miss managment not because they had diffrent ideas / views.

      Jurie Nel - 2013-03-18 15:38

      Joe, if I understand you correctly I disagree with you. Corruption and mismanagement are so accepted and so rife within all spheres of ANC influence that one is forced to accept that they are ANC policy. The ANC publicly states that it encourages internal debate. However, in a purge that reeks of Stalinism the two major dissenting bodies within the ANC are relieved of their leadership in a poorly disguised effort to bolster the power of but one faction (granted, the currently omnipotent one) within the ANC. Sure, it has tightened its grip on absolute power - at great cost to democracy within the ANC, to democracy in the RSA, and in the long term, to the ANC itself.

  • ProfAndyZulu - 2013-03-18 14:51

    Wish the ANC would dissolve themselves...

  • Mulalo Munarini - 2013-03-18 14:54

    This is the Recipe for DA to take over limpopo, I cnt wyt for dat. I hv to send Helen Zille pls call me n tel he we have the life time opportunity. We are tyd of selfishness ANC Government. I have to go home n b member of PEC

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2013-03-18 14:56

    I have seen democracy being replaced by dictatership said juju now zumantaxe r ruling with an iron fistz

  • Sam Nkuna - 2013-03-18 14:59

    Long overdue....Limpopo had no leadership all along.let there b a leader who will understand the needs of the people living in our rural homes in Limpopo.not leaders who concentrated in acquiring wealth

  • Sam Nkuna - 2013-03-18 14:59

    Long overdue....Limpopo had no leadership all along.let there b a leader who will understand the needs of the people living in our rural homes in Limpopo.not leaders who concentrated in acquiring wealth

  • John Thelps - 2013-03-18 15:01

    Wish they will dissolve themselves and put the DA in charge.

      Seun Mogotji - 2013-03-18 15:21

      Recent developments within the ruling party are an indication of a bureaucratic dictatorship which has no place in modern day politics.The disbanding of Limpopo's PEC and the ANCYL's executive comittee is a clear message to party members that if u have opposing views with the current party leadership you are in grave danger of finding urself out in the cold because Zuma

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-03-18 15:37

      Lerato, so now your ANC have decided to introduce apartheid laws, AA and BEE same thing different title, and yes the DA will be in charge one day sooner than you think, a true democratic government for all the people of this country.

      Jurie Nel - 2013-03-18 15:45

      Seun - clear thinking, well phrased. Good comment.

      Neill Le Roux - 2013-03-18 16:30

      Lerato Matsabisa Ntisa you have no clue what this all means. It means that your government does not work, it means your government is afraid to lose to the DA, it means your government has failed you and your people. At least under apartheid no parts of the government has ever been dissolved. All you see on your facebook is your flashy cars and dreams of things you will never have and never own, if you had a government that worked your dreams may have come true....

      Ntshobs - 2013-03-18 16:42

      DA will never rule in this country ever again, even if ANC looses power. One black led polical party will emerge.

  • Oscar Branson - 2013-03-18 15:05

    what jail time? the cancer ANC doesnt care what we the people think or say. There is no hope in fighting back let alone crying foul of their behaviour?

  • Glenda Gert - 2013-03-18 15:07

    Winnie Mandela is in a process of being purged, Malena purged,Limpopo purged....come on why didn't they replace the EC NEC? mxm this Zuma faction is full of dictators

  • Mahlomola Mohale - 2013-03-18 15:09

    Now da ANC in Limpopo wil focus on de poor, come 2014 3thrd is confemed. R.I.P mathale viva anc limpopo viva

      Jimmy Don - 2013-03-18 16:42

      Wow I’m surprised that you know how to make use of a computer!

  • Mandla Shiphamele - 2013-03-18 15:14

    The person who thought abt dis decision deserve to be Zuma's advicer until his term.What a wise decision to make.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2013-03-18 15:51

      FYI, it is Zuma's term currently. Unless you are referring to His next 9 terms.

  • Andre Jacobs - 2013-03-18 15:15

    @gavin--that is the anc recipe--appoint weak leaders that won't overshadow the zumacatastrophy. So if zuma appoints you to a very important position you know it is actually an insult. A weak leader will be too scared to tell zuma and buddies where to go.

  • Boikanyo Elton Mokgatle - 2013-03-18 15:16

    Zuma is aiming for third term watch this space,PEC North West you are next to be disbanded

  • Seun Mogotji - 2013-03-18 15:20

    Recent developments within the ruling party are an indication of a bureaucratic dictatorship which has no place in modern day politics.The disbanding of Limpopo's PEC and the ANCYL's executive comittee is a clear message to party members that if u have opposing views with the current party leadership you are in grave danger of finding urself out in the cold because Zuma

  • Neill Le Roux - 2013-03-18 15:20

    Is it too little too late? Is the ANC trying to clean up its act for 2014 and then down the drain after the elections as we have seen so many times before?

  • Tlou.debele - 2013-03-18 15:21


  • adinparadise - 2013-03-18 15:27

    Why not just disband the whole ANC? That would be the best thing they've done since they came to power.

  • KCorsar - 2013-03-18 15:28

    by elections? no leaders no office bearers surely? Time ripe for change in Limpopo maybe?

  • THESNIPER - 2013-03-18 15:32

    jail time please... Mr Hawks , you may start unleashing your wrath now.... Run Mathale Run

  • Putco Lebepe - 2013-03-18 15:41

    Corruption happening in Limpopo is also happening in other provinces. It is common knowledge that ANC in Limpopo never supported Zuma for a 2nd term in Mangaung. Now, it is time for the PEC in Limpopo to face the music. It is therefore irrational to say PEC in Limpopo was disbanded because of corruption. The ANC has not been consistant here. So it is safe to say Pres Zuma is purging anyone deemed to be a threat to his hegemony.

  • HASANIMA - 2013-03-18 15:43

    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-18 15:44

    Rebirth of the ANC.....for the victorious 2014 National elections....some branches needs to be cut of its tree for new ones to grow as to make it friutfull...

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-18 16:46

      some 'bojaantjies' needs to be shaken off the branches to make place for new ones to pocket the fruits and eat it.

  • phillip.mvundura.5 - 2013-03-18 15:44

    Good move Gwede

  • Themba J Maseko - 2013-03-18 15:45

    Well done

  • afrikaner.gewete - 2013-03-18 15:57

    Sounds almost the "night of the long knives" when Hitler got rid of all his politcal oppenents.

      Farzana Rahiman - 2013-03-18 16:01

      if they take each other out, it'll be easier to eliminate them through the opposition, the dnt realise when they oust individuals, they dont leave alone,,, support is loss too...

      Eric Pookgwadi - 2013-03-18 16:06

      night of the long knives,the return of Adolf Hitler

  • Nico Ferreira - 2013-03-18 15:57

    Just one of the ANC's many failures !!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Ndalama Mwale - 2013-03-18 15:59

    The ANC may now be setting off on a journey to self destruction.With the current leadership busy kicking out dissenting voices, it is, unfortunately unknown to it, destroying the very pillars that have given it its unique character that has made it the strongest party in the country. The dissenting voices have always given the party some democratic appearance and made everyone interested in it. Now all that is going including in the ANC Youth League. And what is going to remain now are bunches of praise-singing members. such a development is going to bring about the flourishing of favouritism and nepotism. To me this is the end of the ANC. Grave-diggers may as well start looking for a suitable site for it.

      Khangwelo Muronga - 2013-03-19 07:41

      @Michael, this is very true and it confirms what the mail & guardian said two weeks ago, that the ANC is getting rid of all the other ethnic groups, in preparation for it to be a Zulu only party..I will be dump to vote for it again. Its time we let the ANC feel the power of the people.

  • phillipmongatane - 2013-03-18 16:02

    Zumantashe in action.The political hit list squad is very efficient.taking out everyone who's against Zuma.

  • Lucastra Khezla - 2013-03-18 16:09

    I saw it coming,now an axe is heading to NW then Human settlement minister.Thats Zoomer 4 u.'Ehhh chief,call the ANC NEC to remove this things here'.Ramphele is comin.

  • Corrinne Boshoff - 2013-03-18 16:15

    Long overdue - they have had 5 dept under administration for longer than a year. Does it take that long to realize the the persons at the top are not capable.

  • Taariq Halim - 2013-03-18 16:21

    It's all falling apart. Eastern Cape, Limpopo and next the Northwest and Northern Cape. ANC is self-destructing.

  • ernest.letsoalo - 2013-03-18 16:22

    The DUMBEST move ever..just given the country the much proof of their stupidity..bunch of imbeciles under their leader Zuma,senior dummy..

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-18 16:30

    Conflicting statements ?? "[It will] be replaced with an interim structure that will be given no more than nine months to work towards convening a provincial conference." "We can't have a leadership that is instant, said Mantashe. There is a difference between filter coffee and instant coffee." I think so !

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-03-18 16:42

    What is un-anc behaviour? The way I see it the anc members are just about allowed to do anything criminal and still be elected to its highest orders.

  • Mafa Mtembo - 2013-03-18 17:00

    Next they are going to re-shuffle mec's, premiers and ministers who are anti-zuma.

  • Madiba Lesiba - 2013-03-18 20:07

    I saw it coming and I am very happy.ancyl turned against president Motlanthe in the 11th hour with lamola the ring leader.what goes around comes around and it was very quick for them.if they supported Motlanthe zuma would be history by now and the hawks would be busy investigating him for his role in the arms deal together with nkandlavillle.lamola u r a stupid young limpopo boy who trusted lies from zumantashe and company.always remember charity begins @ home.u turned against your brother mopedi Julius Malema and joined the zulu forces and they showed u they don't have mercy for mapedi like u.u don't have future @ zumaAnc anymore my go and join Mamphele Ramphele.Malema once said zuma is a dictator and this is proof.Viva Julius Malema viva

      malopesandhislebeloane.matlala - 2013-03-19 07:31

      Lesiba u act stupid zuma is building the country to have no divisions those troops of limpopo where selfish and thieves they deserve it and I am happy with it

  • Thabo Mokanyane - 2013-03-18 23:02

    You can fool some people sometimes but u can't fool all the people all the time

  • Shamiel Mathews - 2013-03-18 23:20

    Zuma is drunk on power. We will still pay for years to come as this man has all the traits of Mugabe. Nkandla is what we know of.....

  • Shamiel Mathews - 2013-03-18 23:24

    What kind of democracy do we have? This is Zuma's way of keeping anyone that crosses him in line. I want to know if this is more democratic than the opposition paries standing together???