Mopani Sasco conference results disputed
TENSIONS are running high within the South African Students Congress (SASCO) in Mopani as the results of tue recently concluded conference are being disputed.
After a chaotic conference two weeks ago at Norman Mashabane house whereby a group of people reportedly stormed the venue to cause disruptions with ‘pangas’ and other weapons to cause harm, the conference was rescheduled to take place last week Saturday with the blessings of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
ANC Youth League Mopani Regional Executive Committee member Tshepo Ratlou who gave a message of support during last Saturday’s conference told African Times that although he is disappointed with the manner in which other Sasco REC members blatantly refused to attend the conference with the aim to jeopardize it, he was pleased with the outcomes.
He called on members to put behind what transpired and should back the elected leaders.
“All members of Sasco should rally behind the elected leadership and those who are leading now should not use their powers to purge the disgruntled group. They should rather work together to champion the interests of the students and unite behind a strong congress under one banner of Sasco,” Ratlou said.
He urged both groups to work together if they want to regain students trust and confidence at institutions of higher learning that have been snatched by the Eeconomic Freedom Fighters Student Command.
The initial conference was challenged after factions within Sasco accused the group led Kenny Mokgoloboto, Mpho Ramapuputla and Solly Rammalo of using people who are studying outside Mopani region to win conferences. They complained about Ramapuputla in particular, who is alleged to be a student at the University of Limpopo which is under Capricorn region.
Rammalo vowed that the collective that was elected remains legitimate, until the Provincial Executive Committee says otherwise.
He also accused the collective of Happines Malatji of using intimidation and what he described as ‘barbaric tactics’ to parachute to power.
“Those are just hooligans who are hungry for power and do not want to be led at all. We are surprised because Ramapuputla is from Tzaneen and as such, the fact that he is studying at the university of Limpopo does not limit him from leading in Mopani,” Rammalo said.
However, Malatji was quick to rubbish this allegations, saying that Rammalo is been used as a weapon by some of ANCYL provincial leaders to fight political battles within structures of the ANC.
“War (Rammalo) is telling lies and now its clear that he is used by his close ally Moshe ‘Che’ Selane of the ANCYL to hijack political and students structures in the region, which they won’t succeed.
“They failed to honour the invite to attend the conference and we are now surprised why they are crying foul.” Malatji said.
SASCO Limpopo provincial secretary Tlangelani Manganyi who was deployed to oversee the first conference, said the matter of Mopani lies in the hands of PEC and they would soon find alternatives to deal with the matter.
“We are rushing to deal with this matter and hopeful we will soon find solutions that will bare the fruits for the benefit of the congress as a whole and not a certain group,” Manganyi said.