ANC’s Ka­belo Mataboge comes in from the cold

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The ANC in North West wants for­mer provin­cial sec­re­tary Ka­belo Mataboge to re­turn to the fold after sus­pend­ing him nearly two years ago.

The party’s provin­cial spokesper­son, Oupa Matla, said Mataboge had al­ready met its lead­ers and they would now ap­proach the provin­cial work­ing and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees and Luthuli House to dis­cuss Mataboge’s re­turn to po­lit­i­cal life.

The ANC lost votes in North West in the May elec­tions and, with the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers now its of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive wants a dis­tinct im­prove­ment in the party’s show­ing in the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The ANC in North West was highly fac­tion­alised ahead of the party’s Man­gaung con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber 2012. Mataboge led a group who wanted Kgalema Mot­lanthe to re­place Ja­cob Zuma as ANC pres­i­dent, while provin­cial chair­per­son Supra Mahumapelo was at the helm of a pow­er­ful coun­ter­fac­tion sup­port­ing Zuma’s re-elec­tion.

After a bruis­ing bat­tle, Mahumapelo’s fac­tion emerged tri­umphant and Mataboge was sus­pended from all party ac­tiv­i­ties for three years.

Mahumapelo is now premier of North West.

Matla said Mataboge had dis­played “good con­duct” and “re­morse” while sus­pended and, as­sum­ing his ban was lifted, would be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate “at branch level” again.

But a source from the ANC’s Ngaka Modiri Molema re­gion said it was hard to un­der­stand “why the party would sud­denly want Mataboge Ka­belo Mataboge back when they had been

hell­bent on get­ting rid of him”.

“He is also still close to many oth­ers who fell vic­tim to purg­ing be­cause they op­posed the cur­rent regime,” said the source.

“It will be dif­fi­cult for Mataboge to re­turn to the provin­cial lead­er­ship and for Mahumapelo and company to let him serve, know­ing what a headache he can be.”

Mataboge could not be reached for com­ment, but a source close to him told City Press: “I can con­firm that he is com­ing back, which is good news. He is happy to be back.”

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