Axe hangs over ANC's Limpopo executive committee

ANC insiders say there are plans to disband the Limpopo ANC provincial executive committee, which is led by Premier Cassel Mathale, also the ANC provincial chairperson.

This comes a week after an ANC task team, led by the party’s head of policy, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, completed its investigation into alleged irregularities during the ANC’s provincial conference in December.

Key among the complaints made by Mathale’s opponents—supporters of Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla, who lost the position of chairperson to Mathale—is that ANC provincial leaders relied on details from the voters’ registration instead of the voters’ roll to check on the delegates’ eligibility to vote.

Another complaint arose from the fact that the number of voting delegates did not tally with the total number of registered voters.

Mathale’s rivals in the province believe the evidence provided to Radebe’s task team was enough to have the party’s provincial executive committee disbanded.

However, Mathale’s supporters say the move was an attempt by some elements in the ANC to silence those pushing for the removal of Jacob Zuma as ANC president in Mangaung in December.

Mathale, a close ally of embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, is associated with those who want deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma as ANC president.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga, who was the chairperson of the electoral commission at the provincial conference, told the Mail & Guardian this week that he stood by his conclusion that the elections had been free and fair. However, he said he welcomed the national executive committee’s decision to investigate grievances raised by ANC members.

“Our determination, which still stands, is that the elections were free and fair,” Motshekga said. “We have no basis to change that “The matter is with the task team now and we will welcome any decision that they take.”

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said Radebe was expected to submit his report to the ANC’s national working committee, which would then hand it to the party’s national executive committee for a final decision.

 
Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo is the Political Editor of the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focusing on politics and labour, and collaborated with the M&G's centre for investigations, amaBhungane, from time to time.In 2011, Matuma won the South African Journalist of the Year Award and was also the winner in the investigative journalism category in the same year.In 2004, he won the CNN African Journalist of the Year prize – the MKO Abiola Print Journalism Award. Matuma was also a joint category winner of the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the year Award in 2008. In 2013, he was a finalist for Wits University's Taco Kuiper Award.In 2015, Matuma also won the Vodacom Journalist of the year in the regional awards for the Economics and Finance category. Read more from Matuma Letsoalo

    Comments

    blog comments powered by Disqus

    Client Media Releases

    Medscheme honoured for service excellence
    Do engineers make good project managers?
    Hisense SA celebrates Mandela Day at local day care
    Hurricane Electric expands into Africa
    Frost & Sullivan recognises MiX Telematics for award
    MTN appoints new chief HR officer