Malema elected to ANC Limpopo committee

Embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has been elected to the powerful Limpopo provincial executive committee (PEC), the Elexions Agency announced on Tuesday.

Despite earlier objections from certain delegates, mainly supporters of Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla, Malema received 592 votes from conference delegates.

Phaahla lost the contest for the position of ANC provincial chair on Sunday to incumbent Cassel Mathale, who is regarded as Malema’s close ally.

The Onkgopotse Tiro hall at the University of Limpopo erupted into song, ululation and dance when Malema’s name was confirmed to have made it to the PEC.

The entire 20-member PEC consists of Mathale’s supporters.

These include former member of the SA Communist Party politburo and the current provincial minister of finance David Masondo, who received the second highest number of votes at 638, after Lydia Komape’s 641 votes.

Limpopo’s local government and housing head of department (HOD) and SABC board member Clifford Motsepe also made it to the PEC with 597 votes.

Provincial economic development minister Pitse Moloto was also elected to the PEC with 630 votes.

The party’s electoral commissioner Mathole Motshekga said the national executive committee members who were deployed at the conference were satisfied with the electoral process, adding that the election of Limpopo PEC members went smoothly without any irregularities.

Motshekga dismissed allegations made by Phaahla and his supporters that there were irregularities during the electoral process.

His comments follow a decision by Phaahla to lodge a dispute with the office of ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe about alleged irregularities during registration and verification of credentials.

Charles Molele

Charles Molele

Charles Molele is a senior politics reporter at the Mail & Guardian. Charles joined the paper in 2011. He has covered general news, court and politics for the past 19 years, and also worked as a senior reporter for the Saturday Star, Sunday World, ThisDay, Sunday Times and is former politics editor of the New Age. Charles's other career highlights include covering Kenya's violent general elections (2007/08), Zimbabwe’s sham general elections (2008), Mozambique's food riots (2010) and the historic re-election of US President Barack Obama (2012).
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    Matuma Letsoalo is a senior politics reporter at the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focussing 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.
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