The ANC in the North West has elected a new provincial secretary, Tlokwe municipality chief whip Dakota Legoete.
Legoete was elected on Monday night at the provincial general council in Orkney outside Klerksdorp. He'll soon take over the running of the provincial headquarters Mphekwa House on a full-time basis.
The treasurer position was won by Suzan Tsebe, a Cape-Town based member of Parliament, who together with Legoete, are allies of provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo.
This brings to an end about a year of running the North West ANC through the provincial working committee because the officials could not form a quorum for a recognised meeting. Only two officials were left active in the organisation.
Suspensions and elections
The situation was brought about by the suspension of former provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge's membership, the election of treasurer Philly Mapulane to the ANC national executive committee in December last year and the suspension of deputy provincial chairperson China Dodovu on allegations of murder.
Shortly after his election, Legoete vowed to work to unite the ANC in the province that's been haunted by internal divisions for over a decade. The provincial general council had been postponed several times before because of divisions.
Legoete beat Gordon Kegakilwe by 205 votes against 169. Kegakilwe has been acting provincial secretary until the weekend meeting, but had fallen out with Mahumapelo since about four months ago.
Kegakilwe was however retained as deputy provincial secretary.