Comrades in full cry during abortive regional conference.  Photo: Andries van der Heyde

ANC on knife-edge


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ANC Waterberg regional conference postponed

ANC branches across the Waterberg were this week scheduled to converge and give direction as to the question on everyone’s lips: who between Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma should be the leader of both party and state.

Speaking in the aftermath of another collapsed regional elective conference on Monday, 6 November, ANC Waterberg region chairperson, Morris Mataboge, said the upwards of 80 branches were to deliberate on a range of issues.

Among the issues to be discussed, he said, were the branches’ contribution towards policy documents.

Although Mataboge did not directly talk to the burning issue of nominations for the national leadership, elsewhere in the province branches have drawn up their lists of preferred candidates.

Branches across the Waterberg, with rivalry between factions at boiling point, were expected to engage for the national leadership choices, most probably between the front-runners Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma.

With a few weeks to go to the all-important summit, deployees from Luthuli House once again postponed indifinitely the regional conference, for the the fifth time running.

Proceedings on the Bela-Bela Local Municipality premises last weekend got out of control, after rival factions could not agree on procedural and other matters.

Luthuli House had dispatched NEC members Faith Muthambi, Kebby Maphatsoe, Ruth Bhengu, Senzeni Zokwana, and Thulas Ncesi, and PEC members, Knocks Seabi and Premier Stan Mathabatha, to preside over the conference.

According to Mataboge, the national deployees postponed the conference due to a dispute over two branches at Lephalale.

The Luthuli House envoy have as yet to unveil a new date and venue for the regional elective conference.

The mainstream press has reported that Ramaphosa was steaming ahead of Dlamini-Zuma in four regions elsewhere in Limpopo, namely Vhembe, Sekhukhune, Mopani and Peter Mokaba.

7 months ago       09 November 2017