North West nominations to miss deadline

2012-11-30 19:15

Johannesburg - The ANC in the North West is set to miss the ANC’s deadline today for nominations for its elective congress in Mangaung next month.

This comes amid serious ructions in the province between groups led by provincial chairperson Supra Muhamapelo and secretary Kabelo Mataboge.

Mataboge survived a shooting in the early morning hours when he arrived home. The motive for the attack is not yet known but there has been speculation that it is related to the nominations conference as tensions about a venue for the conference surfaced yesterday.

The North West conference was set to go ahead today in Hartbeespoort but Muhamapelo, who was at the Cosmos Hall venue next to the dam today, said the verification process by the ANC’s head office hadn’t been done yet.

"This has to do with administration and because the verification is done by them, head office will understand,' he said.

The province is set to have a provincial executive meeting at 14:00 tomorrow, after which the conference is expected to start if member verification had been completed.

Muhamapelo said the provincial executive committee supported a second term for President Jacob Zuma, but the branches "are free to decide for themselves".

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu confirmed that the province had been in touch with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe about the delay in the process, but couldn’t comment on it. "I am not able to speak about this issue," he said.

Mantashe's phone was off when approached for comment.

The provincial leadership had earlier met with representatives from the ANC’s national executive committee, including businessman Thaba Mufamadi and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, in a bid to resolve a dispute about the venue for the conference.

Mataboge organised a conference at the Mmabatho Civic Hall, but the party’s national leadership seems to be unprepared to accept its outcome.

At the small Cosmos Hall in Hartebeespoort, just about big enough to take the 243 delegates, quiet music was playing proclaiming a second term for Zuma.

One of the delegates, wearing a 100% Zumantashe T-shirt proclaiming a second term for Zuma on the back, said they were happy to wait however long it would take.

"We waited for 360 years [after Jan van Riebeek arrived in the country] and this is a minute compared to that.”

The hall was decorated with a huge banner bearing Zuma's face, and smaller banners bearing the faces of the ANC's former presidents.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-30 19:47

    A lot of hesitation,and uncertainty?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-30 21:29

      Amazing that outright Zuma supporting provinces run "smooth" from head office.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-12-02 03:48


  • - 2012-11-30 19:53

    Who cares anyway. The ANC etc are blind sheep, following a so-called leader who smiles while he siphons money from all SA, whilst denying any wrong-doing. They all believe they can break the law as much as possible without being held accountable. - 2012-11-30 21:59

      A "Huge Banner" with that grinning clown's face must be very scary indeed.

  • danny.levin.33 - 2012-11-30 19:55

    Bunch of clowns can't do anything right or on time...

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-30 20:28

    Jan van Riebeeck, gee wizz that is where the struggle really started. And they been struggling ever since. Go to any squatter camp and there you will see strugglers. Somehow there are no strugglers in the ANC, I wonder why that is.

  • - 2012-11-30 20:53

    I sense a declaration of a civil war in SA, dont ask me why. Daggers are drawn, they all want to loot

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-12-01 05:16


  • al.jarzino - 2012-12-01 08:55

    There is a huge difference between nomination and elections. Nominations come before elections. The nominees contest for the positions at stake. The branches should just nominate at least two candidates, then the elections will reveal who gets the position. It will be a secret ballot even if I doubt it. A lot of people are treating the nomination process as if it is the electoral process. Already cliques are hurting each other, now what will happen after the elections in Mangaung? Only time will tell!

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-01 14:36

    At last this will make the ruling party to look like it has no direction and shows clearly that even people or some members within the ruling party can refuse that the party is divided, people can now see that it is really divided and if it can not get its house in order it will be like National Party, we will be talking of ANC that was in government while it will then be no longer in the front ruling this country.ANC is killing ANC no one else is doing that, and this started the time of former president Mbeki, when he was removed where youth was used to do that and be out of control within the party, using Malema and his group, now Mbeki is gone the same group that was used to remove Mbeki is the one against the current group they have chosen to lead this country and because they have never got rewards they were waiting for from those they have fought for to be in government they are now revolting against them and that will inf uture be the down fall of the ruling party. ANC mother body should have powers to control and keep their branches and provinces in order, otherwise will end up being the past.

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