Phaahla accepts defeat in Limpopo

2011-12-20 15:29

Polokwane - Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla has accepted his defeat in elections for the post of chairperson of the ANC's Limpopo provincial structure.

He told Sapa on Tuesday that he went to the provincial election well aware of the fact that there would be winners and losers.

"In any conference, you have to know that some people will win while others will lose. It's not like I didn't know that," he said.

Phaahla said he would continue doing his work in government and with the newly elected provincial leadership.

Asked about his views on the conference and ways to heal divisions in those regions that supported him and those who supported re-elected ANC provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale, Phaahla said: "The conference is being concluded today [Tuesday]... That [healing divisions] is all up to the new leadership."

Mathale won with a marginal 82 votes. He got 601 votes while Phaahla received 519 votes.

On Sunday Mathale denied his victory would divide the province, saying an elective conference was all about preference.

“Delegates lobbied from branches… it's different preferences that produce an outcome. We can't say that when two people are nominated it results in a division. It's a preference.”

Mathale said there were no hard feelings between himself and Phaahla.

  • mmatau - 2011-12-20 15:59

    wait a minute- Isn't mathale the guy that messed up Limpopo?There's already govt departments in administration because of his leadership!! And now he's got juju in the mix. ANX is just messed up!!!

      Dane - 2011-12-20 16:25

      Yes you are correct, he was the one who apparently just asked for a R1.7Bn bail out because they cant pay salaries etc etc. One has to wonder why the people of Limpopo would want him back.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-20 16:26

      No hard feelings apparently - so if you ask nicely he will share the tenders with you Mr Phaahla.

      Bongani - 2011-12-20 16:28

      Problem is with the slate voting system, is that those without a house don't get to vote for the leadership. It is only those already on the Gravy Train that get to choose who stays on the Gravy Train and who is thrown off. This is a democratic country? I don't think so.

      John - 2011-12-20 23:56

      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.

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