Zuma supporters walk out in Limpopo

2012-12-06 09:01

Polokwane - Supporters of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe started the Limpopo ANC nomination conference in Polokwane on Thursday morning, after a rival group walked out, claiming bogus delegates had been deployed to vote.

The conference was delayed on Wednesday because of a meeting between national executive committee members and provincial executive members over lingering disputes.

Supporters of President Jacob Zuma walked out at just after 06:00 and were not participating in the nomination process to elect the preferred top six candidates to lead the African National Congress.

Zuma supporters claimed the conference did not verify the credibility of delegates.

Some delegates, who did not want to be named, complained that when they went to register, they discovered that unknown delegates had signed under their names and collected accreditation.


Police kept close watch on Thursday morning after the conference turned violent on Wednesday evening.

"The situation is now calm. We are still having deployments in identified areas - even at the conference centre itself," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Two men were arrested on Wednesday night when a group of people tried to force their way into the conference centre. They allegedly pelted police with stones when police were trying to talk to them.

They were believed to be supporters of President Jacob Zuma. Police used a water cannon to disperse them.

Mulaudzi said they were not delegates to the conference.

The two men who were arrested were the group's leaders. They would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on public violence charges soon.

Mulaudzi said police would keep watch until the conference finished.

"We will be there until the conference finishes, and I think we did the best on our part since yesterday because now the situation is calm. However we are not working alone because there is private security company as well," he said.


The ANC in Limpopo and the Western Cape were re-running their nomination conferences on Wednesday.

Limpopo cancelled their conference on Friday night when a group wearing T-shirts with President Jacob Zuma's face printed on them disrupted proceedings, forcing delegates to flee the venue, spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said at the time.

The ANC's NEC decided on Monday to allow the two provinces more time to conclude their nomination conferences.

The official deadline was originally November 30.

The provincial nomination conference allows ANC members to nominate their preferred candidates for the party's leadership to be elected at the national conference in Mangaung later this month.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-06 09:12

    Keep walking Brass never come back. cry babies!!!!!!!!!!

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-06 09:15

      They will pay for that

      francoisjacques.malan - 2012-12-06 09:53

      @matshobana people who think like that deserve to get robbed and live in a Third World country.

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-12-06 14:16

      ANC = Corrupt, can't do anything legit!

  • luvnicer - 2012-12-06 09:13

    When will these idiots learn mara,it is a sin to support Jacob Zuma in Limpopo.Under his Leadership ppl in Limpopo spent almost the whole year without textbook nd the hospitals r in shambles

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-12-06 09:14

    It actually wants to make me rip my hair out. These are the animals that make up the leadership of the ANC, from grassroots level right through to the top, and this is how they carry on, throwing stones like barbarians. What hope is there, honestly, to find leadership capable of transforming this country into one that can compete internationally? How is this progression in any way whatsoever?

      gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-12-06 10:01

      "Send in the clowns' you "Ship of fools" In the land of the blind the man with one eye is King. Prov. 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Prov. 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. What we have here is not contradiction, but dilemma -- an indication that when it comes to answering fools, you can't win -- because they are fools, and there is no practical cure for foolery. So: It is unwise to argue with a fool at his own level and recognize his own foolish suppositions, but it is good sometimes to refute him soundly, lest his foolishness seem to be confirmed by your silence.

  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 09:17

    Mangaung is going to be a chair, rock and fist throwing session. It's going to be awesome to watch the infighting and squabbling. I am actually starting to get excited about it. I sure hope that the conference facility owners have taken out comprehensive insurance cover on the property.

      Justin.D.Glenn - 2012-12-06 09:26

      They better weld the chairs to the ground in Mangung and have a few boxing rings set-up on the side.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 09:29

      Janine - Exactly. All the big sports have come to an end. This would be a fantastic filler for December.

      karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-06 09:50

      I hope the sabc is going to broadcast this show live .I'm going to buy myself a case of beer and some snacks and parkoff in front of the TV . Should be better than the Jerry Springer show!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 10:39

      They need concrete chairs, they do more damage...

      p.borchard - 2012-12-06 12:26

      I was thinking about suggesting to the conference facility owners to replace the existing chairs with plastic chairs, but that would never hold up under the massive sizes of the delegates...

  • robert.warriner - 2012-12-06 09:31

    If they cant even sort it out within the party, how can they sort the country out? Keep walking like lemmings please!

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 09:44

      Johnny Walker - They're doing it wrong.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-06 09:38

    And to believe this is same mob running this sheet hole country

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-12-06 09:39


  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2012-12-06 09:44

    what a mess ... the one is fighting the other to gain access to stealing .... this can only end in bloodshed. SA is already the 69th most corrupt nation on earth ... these guys want to take it a step higher ... fabulous stuff ANC fabulous ....

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-12-06 09:50

    Road to Mangaung!!!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 10:29

      Road to chaos....

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-06 09:51

    Inner fighting watch the space!!!!circus is on its way !!!!

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-12-06 10:26

    sounds like a strike to me! LOL!

  • Vince Lethu Ka Nkonyeni - 2012-12-06 10:27

    its very shocking that zuma must be selected by force that can actually tell that there is no more democrasy in the ANC, nkandla people have lost interest in zuma they voted the anc out of power in that area. if he is a good leader why did his party loose votes in his home land?? let us not be misled south africans by people who are not well educated like our president. he failed us he must give some else a chance now before division!!!

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-12-06 10:28

    NEC of ANC must stop what's happening in limpopo cause hw can u contieu wth nomination process while other people are nt there dats unfair corruption will happen

      ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-12-06 10:52

      Do u know what happen in NW its da same so continue limpompo

      magau.thomas - 2012-12-06 11:54

      Sphamandle Don't look for limpopo. Only did u see that peaple in north west are not happy in they way election has handled so don't for case only on zuma camp only

  • sangasiya.maneli - 2012-12-06 10:54

    Thy should b *displined* for walking out in a meeting of th Anc,cozng it to b un democratic en allwing change, lol, hayi suka COME IN, GO OUT yOu b**ly agents !!! Asijiki

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2012-12-06 10:56

    The best is yet to come...Can't wait.

  • erns.kleynhans.3 - 2012-12-06 11:19

    Can not believe this circus is running a country. No wonder...

      mrgmkhan - 2012-12-06 14:39

      right on Erns. You summed it up...The big Top,the juggling acts, the tight rope walkers, the acrobats, the illusionists, and most of all the clowns.. they are all there.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-12-06 11:19

    Not shocking news, The disputes continue. The comments below says it all. God Have Mercy on us South African if Zuma reigns again. His followers still vote for him even though they are living in shacks and have no proper housing and education facilities.

  • Rhulani - 2012-12-06 11:32

    Politics is a dirty game indeed

  • victor.davi3 - 2012-12-06 12:07

    Zuma Suporters walk out in Limpopo Polokwani, Mothlante 268 Votes, Zuma 7 Votes . Today !!!

  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-12-06 12:11

    They most walk, Zuma is a curse to this country

  • lj.roos - 2012-12-06 13:22

    Say what you want about South Africa, our politics are NOT boring!

  • lukesureen.evans - 2012-12-06 15:35

    these clowns just can't get their act together - fantastic

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